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Indicators in Principle

Tony Atkinson, Bea Cantillon, Eric Marlier and Brian Nolan

in Social Indicators

Published in print March 2002 | ISBN: 9780199253494
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191595882 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0199253498.003.0002
 						Indicators in Principle

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Begins with an examination of the principles underlying the construction of social indicators to be used for the express purpose of assessing performance in achieving the social agenda of the EU. The end product in this context is a portfolio of common indicators applied across the EU, and the principles involved in its construction may concern either the single indicators or the portfolio as a whole. Indicators can take different forms, and the second part of Ch. 2 considers indicator properties; since any portfolio of indicators involves selecting from a range of competing alternatives, it is essential to understand the full set of possibilities. Choice of indicators involves compromise over objectives, but will also be constrained by data limitations and by institutional differences across countries; these are the subjects of the third part of Ch. 2.

Keywords: choice of indicators; construction of social indicators; data for social indicator construction; data limitations; EU; indicator properties; institutional differences; performance assessment; social agenda; social indicators

Chapter.  10501 words. 

Subjects: Public Economics

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