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A Cluster Analysis of the Quality of Life in the United States over Time


  • Hirschberg, J. G.
  • Maasoumi, E.
  • Slottje, D. J.


This paper analyzes the quality of life over time in the U.S. In this paper we propose a statistical cluster analysis method based on an informationbased measure. This method is then employed to cluster diverse attributes of the quality of life. Aggregate annual measures of welfare are computed for the U.S. for the period from 1915 to 1987.

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  • Hirschberg, J. G. & Maasoumi, E. & Slottje, D. J., 1997. "A Cluster Analysis of the Quality of Life in the United States over Time," Department of Economics - Working Papers Series 596, The University of Melbourne.
  • Handle: RePEc:mlb:wpaper:596

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    JEL classification:

    • C82 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Data Collection and Data Estimation Methodology; Computer Programs - - - Methodology for Collecting, Estimating, and Organizing Macroeconomic Data; Data Access
    • I31 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Welfare, Well-Being, and Poverty - - - General Welfare, Well-Being
    • C14 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Econometric and Statistical Methods and Methodology: General - - - Semiparametric and Nonparametric Methods: General


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