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Sen's Concept of the Living Standard applied to the Belgian Unemployed

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  • Erik SCHOKKAERT

    (KUL)

  • Luc VAN OOTEGEM

    (KUL)

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We try to operationalise Sen's concept of the living standard using questionnaire data on the economic situation of the Belgian unemployed. We use factor analysis to reduce the number of basic functionings and to avoid possible overlap between them. The factors obtained can be interpreted in a natural and transparent way : they refer to social isolation, general feeling of happiness, physical functioning, microsocial contact, degree of activity and financial situation. Factor scores on these functionings are related in a meaningful way to the socioeconomic characteristics of the respondents.

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Paper provided by Université catholique de Louvain, Institut de Recherches Economiques et Sociales (IRES) in its series Discussion Papers (REL - Recherches Economiques de Louvain) with number 1990039.

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Date of creation: 01 Sep 1990
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Handle: RePEc:ctl:louvre:1990039

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  1. Wiebke Kuklys, 2004. "Measuring Standard of Living in the UK - An Application of Sen's Functioning Approach Using Structural Equation Models," Papers on Strategic Interaction, Max Planck Institute of Economics, Strategic Interaction Group 2004-11, Max Planck Institute of Economics, Strategic Interaction Group.
  2. Wiebke Kuklys & Ingrid Robeyns, 2004. "Sens's Capability Approach to Welfare Economics," Papers on Strategic Interaction, Max Planck Institute of Economics, Strategic Interaction Group 2004-03, Max Planck Institute of Economics, Strategic Interaction Group.
  3. Sara Lelli, 2001. "Factor Analysis vs. Fuzzy Sets Theory: Assessing the Influence of Different Techniques on Sen's Functioning Approach," Public Economics Working Paper Series, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Centrum voor Economische Studiën, Working Group Public Economics ces0121, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Centrum voor Economische Studiën, Working Group Public Economics.
  4. Bruno Van der Linden, 1997. "Effets des formations professionnelles et des aides à l'embauche : exploitation d'une enquête auprès d'employeurs belges," Économie et Prévision, Programme National Persée, Programme National Persée, vol. 131(5), pages 113-130.
  5. Ruhi Saith, . "Capabilities: the Concept and its Operationalisation," QEH Working Papers, Queen Elizabeth House, University of Oxford qehwps66, Queen Elizabeth House, University of Oxford.
  6. Roger Bjørnstad, 2001. "Learned Helplessness, Discouraged Workers, and Multiple Unemployment Equilibria in a Search Model," Discussion Papers, Research Department of Statistics Norway 303, Research Department of Statistics Norway.
  7. Kuklys, W. & Robeyns, I., 2004. "Sen’s Capability Approach to Welfare Economics," Cambridge Working Papers in Economics, Faculty of Economics, University of Cambridge 0415, Faculty of Economics, University of Cambridge.
  8. Luis Fernando Gamboa & Jose Alberto Guerra & Andrés Fernando Casas & Nohora Forero, 2005. "Cambios en calidad de vida en Colombia durante 1997-2003: otra aproximación," BORRADORES DE INVESTIGACIÓN, UNIVERSIDAD DEL ROSARIO 002087, UNIVERSIDAD DEL ROSARIO.

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