Measuring human well-being in Thailand : a normative social choice approach

Clarke, Matthew 2006, Measuring human well-being in Thailand : a normative social choice approach, Journal of the Asia Pacific economy, vol. 11, no. 2, pp. 151-167, doi: 10.1080/13547860600591028.

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Title Measuring human well-being in Thailand : a normative social choice approach
Author(s) Clarke, Matthew
Journal name Journal of the Asia Pacific economy
Volume number 11
Issue number 2
Start page 151
End page 167
Publisher Routledge
Place of publication London, United Kingdom
Publication date 2006-05
ISSN 1354-7860
Keyword(s) Thailand
social choice theory
economic growth
Summary Numerous methods exist within the literature to measure human well-being. A limitation of some approaches however is that they fail to explicitly consider society's views, choices and preferences on how human well-being should be defined. It is possible though to explicitly incorporate society's value judgements in defining and measuring human well-being through normative social choice theory. Normative social choice theory reflects the views, opinions and perspectives of societies of differing economic and social circumstances so that measures of human well-being retain their relevance for public policy makers in those countries. This paper reviews two indicators based on this theory for Thailand over the 25 year period, 1975-1999. The first indicator focuses on certain hierarchical needs and the second is a measure of adjusted national income. It is concluded that both measures provide important insights.
Notes Online Publication Date: 01 May 2006 This is an electronic version of an article published in Journal of the Asia Pacific Economy, vol. 11, Issue 2 May 2006. Journal of the Asia Pacific Economy is available online at: 7860&volume=11&issue=2&spage=151
Language eng
DOI 10.1080/13547860600591028
Field of Research 140202 Economic Development and Growth
Socio Economic Objective 970114 Expanding Knowledge in Economics
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2006, Taylor & Francis
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