Multidimensional welfare: do groups vary in their priorities and behaviours?

Bellani, Luna; Hunter, Graham and Anand, Paul (2013). Multidimensional welfare: do groups vary in their priorities and behaviours? Fiscal Studies, 34(3) pp. 333–354.

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1475-5890.2013.12009.x

Abstract

In the context of multi-dimensional measures of wellbeing, a key question for policy is whether particular groups having differing priorities and are therefore likely to react differently to give economic or social shocks. We explore this issue by presenting the results of two related analyses that suggest positive answers on both counts. We find inter alia that responses to unemployment widowhood and ill-health vary with age, region and sometimes gender. We also develop reference class weights for indices of wellbeing and capabilities and suggest that equal weighting whilst pragmatic may not reflect people's values let alone the variations in these values.

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