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Evaluating shifts in Japan's quality-of-life

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  • Hashimoto, Akihiro
  • Sugita, Takeshi
  • Haneda, Shoko

This paper presents a Data Envelopment Analysis/Malmquist index (DEA/MI) analysis of the change in quality-of-life (QOL), which is defined as the state of a social system as measured by multiple social-indicators. Applying panel data from Japan's 47 prefectures for the period 1975-2002, we identify significant movement in the country's overall QOL using a "cumulative" frontier shift index. Results suggest that Japan's QOL rose during the so-called "bubble economy years" (second half of the 1980s), and then dropped in the succeeding "lost-decade" (1990s). We also identify those prefectures considered most "responsible" for the shift(s) in QOL. Moreover, the use of both upper- and lower-bound DEAs enabled an evaluation of both "good" and "bad" movements in QOL.

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Article provided by Elsevier in its journal Socio-Economic Planning Sciences.

Volume (Year): 43 (2009)
Issue (Month): 4 (December)
Pages: 263-273

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