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ERIC Number: EJ873817
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Mar
Pages: 19
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0303-8300
Measuring Is Believing! Improving Conventional Indicators of Welfare State Development
Olaskoaga-Larrauri, Jon; Alaez-Aller, Ricardo; Diaz-de-Basurto, Pablo
Social Indicators Research, v96 n1 p113-131 Mar 2010
Welfare effort (social spending as a percentage of GDP) has conventionally been the preferred measure for comparisons in space and time of the level of development of welfare states. However, a wide variety of other measuring systems are potentially available in this field, because there are different sources and different methods for calculating social spending, so a variety of indicators can be calculated, each of which best reflects a different aspect of social protection systems. This paper presents two innovations: first it proposes options other than those generally used to measure the relative development of welfare states. Secondly, it uses those new measurements to show that some widely accepted conclusions on the relative development of welfare states need to be reviewed.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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