Fuzzy well-being in Pacific Asia

McGillivray, Mark and Baliamoune-Lutz, Mina 2006, Fuzzy well-being in Pacific Asia, Journal of the Asia-Pacific Economy, vol. 11, no. 2, pp. 168-177.

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Title Fuzzy well-being in Pacific Asia
Author(s) McGillivray, Mark
Baliamoune-Lutz, Mina
Journal name Journal of the Asia-Pacific Economy
Volume number 11
Issue number 2
Start page 168
End page 177
Publisher Routledge
Place of publication London, England
Publication date 2006-05
ISSN 1354-7860
Keyword(s) well-being
human development index
fuzzy logic
Pacific Asia
health
education
income per capita
Summary This paper develops a framework that uses fuzzy-set theory to measure human well-being. Fuzzy sets allow for gradual transition from one state to another while also allowing one to incorporate rules and goals, and hence are more appropriate for measuring outcomes that are ambiguous. Such ambiguity is an inherent characteristic of cross-country achieved well-being assessments. This framework is used to provide a fuzzy representation of the well known Human Development Index (HDI) and its three components. Fuzzy HDI estimates for 14 Pacific Asian countries are provided and compared with non-fuzzy estimates. Quite large differences in rankings emerge. The paper concludes by suggesting that fuzzy measures should be used more widely to measure achieved well-being outcomes.
Language eng
Field of Research 140399 Econometrics not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 970114 Expanding Knowledge in Economics
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2006 Taylor & Francis
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30028873

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