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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29398770/measuring-economic-freedom-better-without-size-of-government
#1
Jan Ott
The Heritage Foundation and the Fraser Institute measure economic freedom in nations using indices with ten and five indicators respectively. Eight of the Heritage indicators and four of the Fraser-indicators are about specific types of institutional quality, like rule of law, the protection of property, and the provision of sound money. More of these is considered to denote more economic freedom. Both indices also involve indicators of 'big government', or levels of government activities. More of that is seen to denote less economic freedom...
2018: Social Indicators Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29398769/setting-the-weights-the-women-s-capabilities-index-for-malawi
#2
Giulia Greco
Standard indicators of wellbeing such as the QALY for health and GDP per capita for economic development have been increasingly regarded as being too narrow in focus. There is a need to develop multidimensional measures of wellbeing that encompass the full range of factors that make life worth living. This study is part of a project that aims at developing a multidimensional index based on Sen's capability framework to assess women's wellbeing in rural Malawi: the Women's Capabilities Index. The project identifies a set of capabilities relevant to the context; proposes a methodology to measure robustly these capabilities; aggregates the capabilities into a single metric (index); and validates and tests the index...
2018: Social Indicators Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29398768/changes-in-social-exclusion-indicators-and-psychological-distress-among-homeless-people-over-a-2-5-year-period
#3
Barbara Van Straaten, Gerda Rodenburg, Jorien Van der Laan, Sandra N Boersma, Judith R L M Wolf, Dike Van de Mheen
Although homelessness is inherently associated with social exclusion, homeless individuals are rarely included in conventional studies on social exclusion. Use of longitudinal survey data from a cohort study on homeless people in four major Dutch cities (n = 378) allowed to examine: changes in indicators of social exclusion among homeless people over a 2.5-year period after reporting to the social relief system, and associations between changes in indicators of social exclusion and changes in psychological distress...
2018: Social Indicators Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29398767/daily-temporal-pathways-a-latent-class-approach-to-time-diary-data
#4
Sarah M Flood, Rachelle Hill, Katie R Genadek
Research on daily time and how it is allocated has generally considered the time spent in specific activities. However, social theory suggests that time use is socially patterned whether by social organization, heterogeneity, and/or stratification. Drawing on four broad types of time (contracted, committed, necessary, and free), we use Multinomial Logit Latent Class Analysis to discuss eight daily temporal pathways and associations with individual characteristics. Our analysis highlights the variations and similarities across pathways, the impact of paid work in structuring daily life, the social patterning of sleep and leisure, and socio-demographic profiles of the pathways of working-age Americans...
January 2018: Social Indicators Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29398766/missing-the-unhealthy-examining-empirical-validity-of-material-deprivation-indices-mdis-using-a-partial-criterion-variable
#5
Selcuk Beduk
This study investigates the empirical validity of the material deprivation indices (MDIs) using a partial criterion variable, namely UHCNIR (unmet health care need due to inadequate resources). This alternative approach helps to assess absolute validity (Type I and II errors) and sources of error in the measurement of poverty for a specific aspect of poverty (in this case inability to receive adequate health care due to affordability problems). A simple mismatch analysis identifies a sizable group, around 1% of the adult EU population, missed by MDIs despite being in UHCNIR...
2018: Social Indicators Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28694561/socioeconomic-inequalities-in-health-in-china-a-reassessment-with-data-from-the-2010-2012-china-family-panel-studies
#6
Hongwei Xu, Yu Xie
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
May 2017: Social Indicators Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29187771/who-are-your-joneses-socio-specific-income-inequality-and-trust
#7
Fabian Stephany
Trust is a good approach to explain the functioning of markets, institutions or society as a whole. It is a key element in almost every commercial transaction over time and might be one of the main explanations of economic success and development. Trust diminishes the more we perceive others to have economically different living realities. In most of the relevant contributions, scholars have taken a macro perspective on the inequality-trust linkage, with an aggregation of both trust and inequality on a country level...
2017: Social Indicators Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28983145/the-measure-matters-an-investigation-of-evaluative-and-experience-based-measures-of-wellbeing-in-time-use-data
#8
Paul Dolan, Laura Kudrna, Arthur Stone
Measures of subjective wellbeing (SWB) are used to understand how people think and feel about their lives and experiences. But the measure used matters to conclusions about how well people's lives are going. This research compares life evaluations and experienced SWB using nationally representative time use diaries, advancing previous research because diaries are less subject to recall biases than other, more popular methods. Analyses of over 20,000 US residents in 2012-2013 show life evaluations are more closely associated with positive and negative affect than experienced meaningfulness...
2017: Social Indicators Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28931968/assessing-changes-in-household-socioeconomic-status-in-rural-south-africa-2001-2013-a-distributional-analysis-using-household-asset-indicators
#9
Chodziwadziwa W Kabudula, Brian Houle, Mark A Collinson, Kathleen Kahn, Stephen Tollman, Samuel Clark
Understanding the distribution of socioeconomic status (SES) and its temporal dynamics within a population is critical to ensure that policies and interventions adequately and equitably contribute to the well-being and life chances of all individuals. This study assesses the dynamics of SES in a typical rural South African setting over the period 2001-2013 using data on household assets from the Agincourt Health and Demographic Surveillance System. Three SES indices, an absolute index, principal component analysis index and multiple correspondence analysis index, are constructed from the household asset indicators...
2017: Social Indicators Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28931967/can-we-trust-measures-of-political-trust-assessing-measurement-equivalence-in-diverse-regime-types
#10
Irena Schneider
Do standard "trust in government" survey questions deliver measures which are reliable and equivalent in meaning across diverse regime types? I test for the measurement equivalence of political trust in a sample of 35 former Soviet and European countries using the 2010 Life in Transition Survey II conducted by the World Bank and European Bank for Reconstruction and Development. Employing multiple group confirmatory factor analysis, I find that trust perceptions in central political institutions differ from (1) trust in regional and local political institutions, (2) trust in protective institutions like the armed forces and police and (3) trust in order institutions like the courts and police...
2017: Social Indicators Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28890596/explaining-accessibility-and-satisfaction-related-to-healthcare-a-mixed-methods-approach
#11
Pablo Cabrera-Barona, Thomas Blaschke, Stefan Kienberger
Accessibility and satisfaction related to healthcare services are conceived as multidimensional concepts. These concepts can be studied using objective and subjective measures. In this study, we created two indices: a composite healthcare accessibility index (CHCA) and a composite healthcare satisfaction index (CHCS). To calculate the CHCA index we used three indicators based on three components of multidimensional healthcare accessibility: availability, acceptability and accessibility. In the indicator based on the component of accessibility, we included an innovative perceived time-decay parameter...
2017: Social Indicators Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28890595/does-consumer-confidence-forecast-household-saving-and-borrowing-behavior-evidence-for-poland
#12
Aneta Maria Kłopocka
Consumer confidence plays an important role in households' decision-making processes. This study investigates the effects of consumer confidence on household saving and borrowing behavior that are unsatisfactorily considered in previous discussions. The questions of interest are first, whether indexes of consumer confidence have any predictive power on their own for future household saving and borrowing rates, and second, whether they contain information about future household saving and borrowing rates aside from the information contained in other available indicators...
2017: Social Indicators Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28890594/living-near-to-attractive-nature-a-well-being-indicator-for-ranking-dutch-danish-and-german-functional-urban-areas
#13
Michiel N Daams, Paolo Veneri
While nature is widely acknowledged to contribute to people's well-being, nature based well-being indicators at city-level appear to be underprovided. This study aims at filling this gap by introducing a novel indicator based on the proximity of city-residents to nature that is of high-amenity. High-amenity nature is operationalized by combining unique systematic data on people's perceptions of what are the locations of attractive natural areas with data on natural land cover. The proposed indicator departs from the usual assumption of equal well-being from any nature, as it approximates the 'actual' subjective quality of nature near people's homes in a spatially explicit way...
2017: Social Indicators Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28769147/applications-of-the-capability-approach-in-the-health-field-a-literature-review
#14
Paul Mark Mitchell, Tracy E Roberts, Pelham M Barton, Joanna Coast
The primary aims of this review are to document capability applications in the health field and to explore the objectives and decision-rules of studies measuring capability more broadly. Relevant studies are identified using a literature search strategy known as "comprehensive pearl growing". All studies with a primary focus on health are assessed individually, whilst a summary narrative analysis of the full review examines the objectives of capability studies. Four distinct groups in the health field are identified in the review: (1) physical activity and diet; (2) patient empowerment; (3) multidimensional poverty and (4) assessments of health and social care interventions...
2017: Social Indicators Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28769146/what-does-a-swiss-franc-mortgage-cost-the-tale-of-polish-trust-for-foreign-currency-denominated-mortgages-implications-for-well-being-and-health
#15
Piotr Białowolski, Dorota Węziak-Białowolska
It is commonly agreed that excessive household financial debts are detrimental to psychological and physical health. Research also demonstrates that housing instability, mortgage indebtedness and mortgage foreclosure negatively influence subjective well-being. In Poland at the beginning of 2015, homeowners with Swiss franc denominated mortgages suffered from an abrupt swing in the Swiss franc/Polish zloty (CHF/PLN) exchange rate, which resulted in considerable increase in the local currency value of their mortgages...
2017: Social Indicators Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28769145/assessing-how-participators-combine-acts-in-their-political-tool-kits-a-person-centered-measurement-approach-for-analyzing-citizen-participation
#16
Jennifer Oser
Scholars have recognized that a recent increase in the ways citizens participate beyond the electoral arena may be a promising avenue of renewal for citizen participation. In this article we test the theory that different kinds of citizenship norms motivate some citizens to specialize in electoral-oriented activities (e.g. voting), while others specialize in non-institutionalized activities (e.g. protest). The latent class analysis of data from the U.S. Citizen, Involvement and Democracy Survey (2005) in the current study assesses how actors combine a variety of acts in their "political tool kits" of participation, and facilitates a comparison to prior findings that analyze single political behaviors...
2017: Social Indicators Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28725101/social-policies-and-families-in-stress-gender-and-educational-differences-in-work-family-conflict-from-a-european-perspective
#17
Natascha Notten, Daniela Grunow, Ellen Verbakel
In modern welfare states, family policies may resolve the tension between employment and care-focused demands. However these policies sometimes have adverse consequences for distinct social groups. This study examined gender and educational differences in working parents' perceived work-family conflict and used a comparative approach to test whether family policies, in particular support for child care and leave from paid work, are capable of reducing work-family conflict as well as the gender and educational gaps in work-family conflict...
2017: Social Indicators Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28725100/does-women-s-empowerment-in-agriculture-matter-for-children-s-health-status-insights-from-northern-ghana
#18
Yacob A Zereyesus, Vincent Amanor-Boadu, Kara L Ross, Aleksan Shanoyan
Given that women in rural communities in developing countries are responsible for the nutrition and health-related decisions affecting children in their care, their empowerment may influence the health status of their children. The association between women's empowerment, measured by using a recently developed Women's Empowerment in Agriculture Index, and children's health status is examined for a sample of households in Northern Ghana applying a Multiple Indicators Multiple Causes (MIMIC) model. The MIMIC approach is used to link multiple indicator variables with multiple independent variables through a "single underlying" latent variable...
2017: Social Indicators Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28366979/the-10-excess-phenomenon-in-responses-to-survey-questions-on-happiness
#19
Gaël Brulé, Ruut Veenhoven
Happiness in nations is typically measured in surveys using a single question. A common question is: 'all things considered, how satisfied or dissatisfied are you with your life as-a-whole these days on a scale from 0 to 10?'. The responses typically follow a uni-modal distribution with highest frequencies between 5 and 8. Yet in some nations, the percentage of 10 responses stands out and is higher than the percentage of 9 responses. This is particularly present in Latin America and in the Middle East. In this paper we explore the prevalence of the '10-excess' pattern and check some possible explanations...
2017: Social Indicators Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28366978/gender-parenthood-and-wage-differences-the-importance-of-time-consuming-job-characteristics
#20
Charlotta Magnusson, Magnus Nermo
Using data from the Swedish Level of Living Survey (2000, 2010), we investigate how the gender wage gap varies with occupational prestige and family status and also examine the extent to which this gap is explained by time-consuming working conditions. In addition, we investigate whether there is an association between parenthood, job characteristics and wage (as differentiated by gender). The analyses indicate that there are gender differences regarding prestige-based pay-offs among parents that are partly explained by fathers' greater access to employment characterized by time-consuming conditions...
2017: Social Indicators Research
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