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Composite Index for Quality of Life in Italian Cities: An Application to URBES Indicators

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  • Enrico Ivaldi

    () (Department of Economics, University of Genova, via Vivaldi 5, 16126, Genova, ITALY)

  • Guido Bonatti
  • Riccardo Soliani

Abstract

Il Benessere Equo e Sostenibile nelle citt¨¤ (URBES) Report, drawn up by the Italian Institute of Statistics (ISTAT) offers a set of relevant indicators to assess the quality of life (QoL) in fourteen big Italian cities. These indicators belong to the twelve dimensions of well-being identified by Benessere Equo e Sostenibile (BES), the dashboard of indicators provided by ISTAT and the National Council of Economy and Labour (CNEL) in 2013 to evaluate the differences in well-being among the Italian regions. Our paper uses this set of data to highlight the Italian urban situation, through the construction of a composite indicator. The selected methodologies to do that are additive model, factorial analysis and Borda method. We obtain a ranking that shows what context can allow positive levels of QoL. This study drops in a critical phase: Italian territorial administration is going to be modified and ¡°Metropolitan Cities¡± will be assumed an increasingly important role.

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  • Enrico Ivaldi & Guido Bonatti & Riccardo Soliani, 2014. "Composite Index for Quality of Life in Italian Cities: An Application to URBES Indicators," Review of Economics & Finance, Better Advances Press, Canada, vol. 4, pages 18-32, November.
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    Keywords

    Quality of Life; Additive method; Borda method; Factorial analysis; Italian living conditions;

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    • I32 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Welfare, Well-Being, and Poverty - - - Measurement and Analysis of Poverty
    • C14 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Econometric and Statistical Methods and Methodology: General - - - Semiparametric and Nonparametric Methods: General
    • O15 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Development - - - Economic Development: Human Resources; Human Development; Income Distribution; Migration

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