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Interval Based Composite Indicators

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  • Carlo Drago

    (Università degli Studi ”Niccolò Cusano”)

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Composite indicators are increasingly important in country comparisons and in policy making. At the same time, the robustness of the results obtained and in particular of the rankings and the conclusions obtained from the analysis it is usually accepted with doubts. In this sense our proposal is to use interval data in order to measure the uncertainty related to the different composite indicators based on the different assumptions used as input. In this sense where composite indicators can be considered as models, for this reason it could be necessary to assess the uncertainties related to the different choices in the construction. The uncertainty can be represented by the interval data. The intervals keep the information related to the initial value of the composite indicator, but at the same time give information on the range of the results.

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  • Carlo Drago, 2017. "Interval Based Composite Indicators," Working Papers 2017.42, Fondazione Eni Enrico Mattei.
  • Handle: RePEc:fem:femwpa:2017.42
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    1. Carlo Drago & Roberto Ricciuti, 2019. "An interval variables approach to address measurement uncertainty in governance indicators," Economics Bulletin, AccessEcon, vol. 39(1), pages 626-635.

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    Keywords

    Composite Indicators; Interval Data; Robustness; Sensitivity Analysis; Uncertainty Analysis;

    JEL classification:

    • C43 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Econometric and Statistical Methods: Special Topics - - - Index Numbers and Aggregation
    • C81 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Data Collection and Data Estimation Methodology; Computer Programs - - - Methodology for Collecting, Estimating, and Organizing Microeconomic Data; Data Access
    • C82 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Data Collection and Data Estimation Methodology; Computer Programs - - - Methodology for Collecting, Estimating, and Organizing Macroeconomic Data; Data Access

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