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Assessing child well-being through a new multidimensional child-based weighting scheme index: an empirical estimation for Portugal

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  • Liliana Fernandes

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    (Portuguese Catholic University (UCP) – Faculty of Economics and Management (FEG))

  • Américo Mendes

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    (Portuguese Catholic University (UCP) – Faculty of Economics and Management (FEG))

  • Aurora A.C. Teixeira

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    (CEF.UP, Faculdade de Economia (FEP), University of Porto; INESC Porto; OBEGEF)

Abstract

Assessing child well-being through composite summary indexes is one of the most recent developments regarding child well-being measurement. Using a new index that takes into account the children’s own perspectives, this paper presents empirical evidence on the main determinants of overall child well-being. Econometric estimations, based on a sample of 1246 children enrolled in the 3rd to 6th grades of schools located in the Northern region of Portugal, convey two main results: 1) the parents’ educational background and professional status, in particular, an unemployed father, are the most important factors affecting child well-being; 2) children from households with double or foreign nationality are worse off than those with Portuguese nationality. These results support the positive role of policies targeting the qualifications and employment opportunities for parents, as well as the need for inclusive policies for immigrant households as a way to improve their children’s well-being.

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Paper provided by Universidade do Porto, Faculdade de Economia do Porto in its series FEP Working Papers with number 452.

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Length: 33 pages
Date of creation: Mar 2012
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Handle: RePEc:por:fepwps:452

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Keywords: child well-being; measurement; child indicators; empirical testing;

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  1. Ricardo Biscaia & Paula Sarmento, 2012. "Cost inefficiency and Optimal Market Structure in Spatial Cournot Discrimination," FEP Working Papers 462, Universidade do Porto, Faculdade de Economia do Porto.
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