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Welfare rankings from multivariate data, a nonparametric approach

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  • Anderson, Gordon
  • Crawford, Ian
  • Leicester, Andrew

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Economic and social welfare is inherently multidimensional. However, choosing a measure which combines several indicators is difficult and may have unintendend and undesirable effects on the incentives of policy makers. We develop a nonparametric empirical method for deriving welfare rankings for a social planner based on data envelopment, which avoids the need to specify a weighting scheme. We apply this method to data on Human Development.

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  • Anderson, Gordon & Crawford, Ian & Leicester, Andrew, 2011. "Welfare rankings from multivariate data, a nonparametric approach," Journal of Public Economics, Elsevier, vol. 95(3), pages 247-252.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:pubeco:v:95:y:2011:i:3:p:247-252
    DOI: 10.1016/j.jpubeco.2010.08.003
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    Keywords

    Welfare; Nonparametric methods;

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    • I3 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Welfare, Well-Being, and Poverty

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