On the Measurement of Multidimensional Well-Being in Some Countries in Eastern and Southern Africa

Joseph Deutsch, Herman Musahara, Jacques Silber

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Abstract

Using data from the AfroBarometer survey, this chapter derives measures of overall well-being for six Eastern African countries (Burundi, Madagascar, Kenya, Tanzania, Malawi, and Mozambique) for which enough data were available to take a broad enough view of well-being. Correspondence analysis is implemented to aggregate variables in each domain of well-being while overall well-being is derived through efficiency analysis. The chapter compares the findings concerning overall well-being with those based on its narrow view, one whose focus is only on material well-being. It appears that the two main determinants of material well-being are the educational level of the individual and his/her area of residence. For the measure of overall well-being the findings were less clear-cut.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEconomic Studies in Inequality, Social Exclusion and Well-Being
PublisherSpringer
Pages191-214
Number of pages24
DOIs
StatePublished - 2016

Publication series

NameEconomic Studies in Inequality, Social Exclusion and Well-Being
ISSN (Print)2364-107X
ISSN (Electronic)2364-1088

Bibliographical note

Publisher Copyright:
© 2016, Springer International Publishing Switzerland.

Keywords

  • Afrobarometer
  • Correspondence analysis
  • Efficiency analysis
  • Shapley decomposition
  • Well-being

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