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Measuring Standard of Living in the UK - An Application of Sen's Functioning Approach Using Structural Equation Models

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  • Wiebke Kuklys

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    This paper contributes to the multidimensional welfare measurement literature inspired by Sen's functioning approach. After reviewing the different statistical techniques used in multidimensional welfare measurement, we suggest structural equation modelling as an appropriate alternative to measure and model the achievement of welfare. Functionings are conceptualised as latent variables which can only be measured with error. We assess what determines the achievement of these functionings, and compare the numerical functionings values with income in a simple poverty analysis.

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    Paper provided by Max Planck Institute of Economics, Strategic Interaction Group in its series Papers on Strategic Interaction with number 2004-11.

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    Length: 37 pages
    Date of creation: Feb 2004
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    Handle: RePEc:esi:discus:2004-11

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    Keywords: Welfare measure; capability approach; structural equation modelling; poverty analysis;

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