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Selection Criteria for Sustainable Development Indicators

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  • Hippu Salk Kristle Nathan

    (Indira Gandhi Institute of Development Research)

  • B. Sudhakara Reddy

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The selection of optimum number of indicators is the key to any Sustainable Development Indicator (SDI) research. Indicators, too less in number may be inadequate to convey the message and; too many may dilute the purpose. To arrive at a limited number of indicators from a larger set of potential ones, a set of criteria is applied. In the past SDI-initiatives, emphasis was not laid on structuring criteria; these were invariably considered in a linear way. This paper proposes a framework to organize criteria in a tree fashion at successive levels. For each level, the weights of a criterion relative to others are determined by following Analytical Hierarchy Process where experts opinions are considered. For aggregation of scores, displaced ideal method is proposed over linear additive model.

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  • Hippu Salk Kristle Nathan & B. Sudhakara Reddy, 2010. "Selection Criteria for Sustainable Development Indicators," Governance Working Papers 23018, East Asian Bureau of Economic Research.
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    1. Liviu Moldovan, 2015. "Sustainability Assessment Framework for VET Organizations," Sustainability, MDPI, Open Access Journal, vol. 7(6), pages 1-19, June.
    2. Hippu Salk Kristle Nathan & B. Sudhakara Reddy, 2011. "Urban transport sustainability indicators: Application of Multi-View Black-Box (MVBB) framework," Indira Gandhi Institute of Development Research, Mumbai Working Papers 2011-022, Indira Gandhi Institute of Development Research, Mumbai, India.
    3. Le Hai & Pham Hai & Pham Ha & Nguyen Ha & Ly Dai & Pham Hoa & Nguyen Huan & Lai Cam, 2014. "A System of Sustainability Indicators for the Province of Thai Binh, Vietnam," Social Indicators Research: An International and Interdisciplinary Journal for Quality-of-Life Measurement, Springer, pages 661-679.

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    Keywords

    What-How-Whom (WHW) framework; Value tree; Analytical Hierarchy Process; Displaced ideal;

    JEL classification:

    • Q01 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - General - - - Sustainable Development
    • Q56 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Environmental Economics - - - Environment and Development; Environment and Trade; Sustainability; Environmental Accounts and Accounting; Environmental Equity; Population Growth
    • D70 - Microeconomics - - Analysis of Collective Decision-Making - - - General

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