ENBIS-17 in Naples

9 – 14 September 2017; Naples (Italy) Abstract submission: 21 November 2016 – 10 May 2017

Challenges, Needs and Risks in Defining Wellbeing Indicators

11 September 2017, 13:00 – 13:30


Submitted by
Filomena Maggino
Filomena Maggino (Sapienza University of Rome)
For several decades, many researchers all over the world have been continuously working on defining concepts and measures able to measure and monitor the wellbeing of nations. What emerges clearly is that the change of paradigm introduces several methodological implications in identifying indicators. Actually, monitoring wellbeing through indicators introduces some issues representing at the same time a challenge (given by the complexity), a need (represented by the relativization) and a risk (given by the over-reductionism). This work, fruit of previous reflections, aims at clarifying and disentangling these issues by noting that the key allowing for the proper identification of new measures lies in the players' (statisticians, researchers, analysts, policy makers, and so on) capacity and awareness in considering complexity, avoiding over-reductionism and investigating relativization.

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