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Improvement indices of well-being (*)

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  • Kai-yuen Tsui

    (Economics Department, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Shatin, N.T., Hong Kong)

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In recent years, various classes of indices measuring the improvement of well-being have been suggested. Formally, an improvement index is a function Q*(x1, x2), where xt is the level of some attribute of well-being, e.g., life expectancy, in period t. This paper extends previous works on improvement indices by introducing a class of multidimensional indices which aggregates the improvement of a group of attributes of well-being. We propose a set of axioms which leads inexorably to a multidimensional generalization of Kakwani's class of improvement indices of well-being (Kakwani 1993).

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  • Kai-yuen Tsui, 1996. "Improvement indices of well-being (*)," Social Choice and Welfare, Springer;The Society for Social Choice and Welfare, vol. 13(3), pages 291-303.
  • Handle: RePEc:spr:sochwe:v:13:y:1996:i:3:p:291-303 Note: Received: 1 December 1993 / Accepted: 10 March 1995
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