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An exercise in composite indicators construction: Assessing the sustainability of Italian regions

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  • Floridi, Matteo
  • Pagni, Simone
  • Falorni, Simone
  • Luzzati, Tommaso

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This paper presents a piece of research aimed at evaluating the relative sustainability of the Italian Regions. After selecting a core set of indicators, for which we referred to the EU Sustainable Development Strategy, we built a composite index and checked for its robustness. As a result we got 'many numbers', that is, a range of possible rankings for Italian Regions.

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  • Floridi, Matteo & Pagni, Simone & Falorni, Simone & Luzzati, Tommaso, 2011. "An exercise in composite indicators construction: Assessing the sustainability of Italian regions," Ecological Economics, Elsevier, vol. 70(8), pages 1440-1447, June.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:ecolec:v:70:y:2011:i:8:p:1440-1447
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