Eliciting, Applying and Exploring Multidimensional Welfare Weights: Evidence from the Field

Prof. Enrica Chiappero-Martinetti, University of Pavia

By combining primary data on dimension importance collected in the field from three different samples (a total of 1,402 subjects) and nationally representative survey data, we offer a twofold contribution. The first one comes from an unincentivised questionnaire experiment, where the significance of the treatment effect shows that life domains are valued differently in a poverty vs a wellbeing frameworks. This opens the door to what we call a ‘concordance paradox’, and poses important questions not only on the anatomy of dimension importance but also on the essence of the constructs of poverty and wellbeing. Our second offer relates to the so-called ‘weight or not to weight’ debate – i.e. to the issue of whether alternative sets of weights lead to qualitative differences in empirical analyses. On the basis of our three sets of weights derived in the field (from a student sample, a ‘development experts’ sample and a more heterogeneous sample of adults), we find that they do. Depending on which set of dimension importance scores is employed, opposite conclusions are reached on the trend of multidimensional poverty and wellbeing in the Dominican Republic.



About the speaker

Enrica Chiappero-Martinetti is Full Professor of Political Economy at the Department of Political and Social Sciences at the University of Pavia (Italy) and Extraordinary Professor of Economics, Faculty of Economic and Management Sciences, University of Free State, South Africa. She got a BA in Political Sciences, with major in Economics, and a Phd in Public Economics both at the University of Pavia, Italy. She served as Vice-President of the Human Development and Capability Association in 2004-2008 and 2010-2011 and she is currently Editor of the Journal of Human Development and Capabilities. She is also member of the editorial board of the peer-reviewed online journal Global Justice: Theory Practice Rhetoric (TPR). She was visiting researcher at the University of Harvard, USA; Visiting fellow at Von Hugel Institute, St. Edmund’s College, Cambridge University, UK and at CEPS/INSTEAD, Luxembourg; Visiting professor at the University of Cambridge, UK; Kenyatta University, Nairobi, Kenya; University of Free State, Bloemfontein, South Africa, University of Harvard and  Hitotsubashi University, Tokyo, Japan.



Venue: 0.16-0.17

Date: 03 May 2018

Time: 12:00 - 13:00


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