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Eliciting preferences on multiattribute societies with a Choquet integral

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  • Patrick MEYER

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    (LUSSI - Département Logique des Usages, Sciences sociales et Sciences de l'Information - Institut Mines-Télécom - Télécom Bretagne - PRES Université Européenne de Bretagne (UEB), Lab-STICC - Laboratoire des sciences et techniques de l'information, de la communication et de la connaissance - CNRS : UMR3192 - Université de Bretagne Occidentale (UBO) - Université de Bretagne Sud (UBS) - Institut Mines-Télécom - Télécom Bretagne - PRES Université Européenne de Bretagne (UEB) - Institut Supérieur des Sciences et Technologies de Brest (ISSTB))

  • Grégory Ponthière

    (EEP-PSE - Ecole d'Économie de Paris - Paris School of Economics - Ecole d'Économie de Paris, PSE - Paris-Jourdan Sciences Economiques - CNRS : UMR8545 - École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales (EHESS) - École des Ponts ParisTech (ENPC) - École normale supérieure [ENS] - Paris)

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This paper aims at reexamining the construction of indicators of standards of living, by focussing on the challenges raised by the subjectivity and the multidimensionality of living conditions. For that purpose, we propose to apply Choquet integral-based multiattribute value theory to the elicitation, from rankings of multiattribute hypothetical societies, of individual's preferences on different dimensions of living conditions. A simple application of the proposed approach highlights the existence of complementarities and redundancies between different dimensions of standards of living, and reveals a strong heterogeneity of individual preferences on hypothetical societies. We explore also how elicited preferences can be used to cast a new light on the ranking of actual multiattribute societies.

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Keywords: standards of living ; indicators ; measurement ; multiattribute value theory ; Choquet integral;

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  1. Caterina Cruciani & Silvio Giove & Mehmet Pinar & Matteo Sostero, 2012. "Constructing the FEEM Sustainability Index: A Choquet-Integral Application," Working Papers 2012.50, Fondazione Eni Enrico Mattei.

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