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Assessing child well-being through a new multidimensional child-based weighting scheme index: an empirical estimation for Portugal

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  • Liliana Fernandes

    () (Faculdade de Economia e Gestão - Universidade Católica Portuguesa, Porto)

  • Américo Mendes

    () (Faculdade de Economia e Gestão - Universidade Católica Portuguesa, Porto)

  • Aurora Teixeira

    (Faculdade de Economia - Universidade do Porto)

Abstract

Assessing child well-being through composite summary indexes is one of the most recent developments regarding child well-being measurement. Using a new index that takes into account the children’s own perspectives, this paper presents empirical evidence on the main determinants of overall child well-being. Econometric estimations, based on a sample of 1246 children enrolled in the 3rd to 6th grades of schools located in the Northern region of Portugal, convey two main results: 1) the parents’ educational background and professional status, in particular, an unemployed father, are the most important factors affecting child well-being; 2) children from households with double or foreign nationality are worse off than those with Portuguese nationality. These results support the positive role of policies targeting the qualifications and employment opportunities for parents, as well as the need for inclusive policies for immigrant households as a way to improve their children’s well-being.

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  • Liliana Fernandes & Américo Mendes & Aurora Teixeira, 2012. "Assessing child well-being through a new multidimensional child-based weighting scheme index: an empirical estimation for Portugal," Working Papers de Economia (Economics Working Papers) 02, Católica Porto Business School, Universidade Católica Portuguesa.
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    Keywords

    child well-being; measurement; child indicators; empirical testing;

    JEL classification:

    • I31 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Welfare, Well-Being, and Poverty - - - General Welfare, Well-Being
    • I32 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Welfare, Well-Being, and Poverty - - - Measurement and Analysis of Poverty

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