Constructing the SERF Index

Sakiko Fukuda-Parr, Terra Lawson-Remer and Susan Randolph

in Fulfilling Social and Economic Rights

Published in print January 2015 | ISBN: 9780199735501
Published online January 2015 | e-ISBN: 9780190226701 | DOI:
Constructing the SERF Index

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This chapter details the basic Social and Economic Rights Fulfillment (SERF) Index methodology. The centerpiece of the methodology is the construction of evidence-based Achievement Possibilities Frontiers (APFs), which reveal the best countries can do in terms of social and economic rights outcomes at any given level of resource availability. As such, the APFs rigorously benchmark a state’s obligations as enshrined in the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights Article 2.1’s principle of progressive realization to the maximum of available resources. With the APFs in hand the chapter then describes how to calculate the percentage of obligation fulfilled with regard to any right aspect of concern, and how to aggregate these results into indices of the extent to which the different substantive rights are fulfilled and the composite SERF Index itself, which provides a holistic measure of social and economic rights fulfillment.

Keywords: Achievement Possibilities Frontier; SERF Index methodology; benchmark; obligations; progressive realization; rights fulfillment; resources

Chapter.  5457 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: International Relations ; Politics

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