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Handbook of Research on Economic and Social Well-Being

Edited by Conchita D’Ambrosio, Université du Luxembourg
The past decade has been characterized by a burgeoning interest in new concepts of individual and social well-being. The impetus for this new research has stemmed from increased demand from policy makers and civil society for measures of progress that go beyond the traditional measures of GDP, as well as improved datasets allowing individuals and households to be tracked over their life course. The aim of this Handbook is to chart these developments and provide extensive surveys of many of the recent themes that have emerged in the research literature. Some of the topics addressed include poverty. relative deprivation and satisfaction, economic insecurity, social exclusion and inequality, income and social polarization, and social fractionalization and diversity. Each topic is first analyzed from a theoretical perspective, followed by detailed empirical discussion.
Extent: 608 pp
Hardback Price: $330.00 Web: $297.00
Publication Date: 2018
ISBN: 978 1 78195 370 9
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  • Economics and Finance
  • Welfare Economics
  • Social Policy and Sociology
  • Economics of Social Policy
  • Sociology and Sociological Theory
Providing extensive surveys on the most recently developed themes of individual and social well-being, this Handbook offers a comprehensive treatment of less traditional approaches to empirical and theoretical research. The novel complementary perspective by which each topic is addressed presents a broader outlook on the various dimensions of inequality and well-being.

Each topic is assessed through two accompanying chapters: first, a detailed study of the theoretical approaches, followed by a supporting chapter of empirical findings. The original contributions cover themes ranging from human development to social exclusion, and from going beyond GDP as the primary indicator of progress to evaluating the persistence of poverty. The chapters also address measures of vulnerability and economic insecurity. The Handbook emphasizes the distributional aspects of inequalities across different groups through the analysis of polarization, segregation, and social fractionalization.

This is an excellent Handbook for postgraduates and researchers in the social sciences and economics. The contributions rethink some of the traditional theories and models for measuring inequality and well-being, and push the boundaries for future research. The policy-relevant insights will also be of great use for social policy professionals and analysts.
‘This Handbook updates and modernizes decades of scholarship on macro-level markers of progress and micro-level measures of well-being. Its main contribution is its insistence on integrating non-traditional frameworks into conventional approaches to defining, measuring, and tracking socio-economic outcomes at multiple levels. This sophisticated collection spans a remarkable array of outcomes, dimensions, and indicators, including poverty, deprivation, development, exclusion, polarization, segregation, diversity, vulnerability, insecurity, and satisfaction. D’Ambrosio’s ambitious decision to pair theoretical and empirical analyses of each topic pays off beautifully.’
– Janet C. Gornick, The Graduate Center, City University of New York, US

‘This volume contains an excellent collection of chapters by outstanding economists on the subject of social and economic well-being. Among the authors are Lars Osberg, Carlos Gradin, Olga Cantó, and Jacques Silber, with a first-rate overview provided by Conchita D’Ambrosio. The chapters are paired, with a theoretical analysis followed by an empirical implementation. Topics include well-being measures going beyond GDP, human development and poverty, multidimensional poverty and material deprivation, social exclusion, economic insecurity, relative deprivation and satisfaction, social inequality, social polarization, and segregation.’
– Edward N. Wolff, New York University, US
Contributors: C. Balestra, L. Bellani, R. Boarini, C. Calvo, B. Cantillon, O. Cantó, L. Ceriani, S. Chakravarty, N. Chattopadhyay, M. Ciommi, C. del Rio, I. Dutta, L. Esposito, A. Fusco, A. Gábos, C. Gigliarano, E. Giovannini, T. Goedemé, C. Gradin, A.-C. Guio, M. Hoy, C. Lasso de la Vega, R. Mora, L. Osberg, I. Permanyer, N. Rohde, T. Rondinella, N. Ruiz, E. Savaglio, S. Seth, J. Silber, K.K. Tang, I.G. Tóth, S. Vannucci, P. Verme, A. Villar, O. Volij, G. Yalonetzky, B. Zheng


Introduction by Conchita D’Ambrosio

1. Going Beyond GDP: Theoretical Approaches
Enrico Giovannini and Tommaso Rondinella

2. Going Beyond GDP: Empirical Findings
Carlotta Balestra, Romina Boarini and Nicolas Ruiz

3. Human Development and Poverty: Theoretical Approaches
Suman Seth and Antonio Villar

4. Human Development and Poverty: Empirical Findings
Suman Seth and Antonio Villar

5. Multidimensional Poverty and Material Deprivation: Theoretical Approaches
Satya R. Chakravarty and Nachiketa Chattopadhyay

6. Multidimensional Poverty and Material Deprivation: Empirical Findings
Anne-Catherine Guio

7. Social Exclusion: Theoretical Approaches
Luna Bellani and Alessio Fusco

8. Social Exclusion: Empirical Findings
Bea Cantillon, András Gábos, Tim Goedemé and István György Tóth

9. Poverty Over Time: Theoretical Approaches
Michael Hoy and Buhong Zheng

10. Poverty Over Time: Empirical Findings
Carlos Gradin, Olga Cantó and Coral del Rio

11. Vulnerability to Poverty: Theoretical Approaches
Cesar Calvo

12. Vulnerability to Poverty: Empirical Findings
Lidia Ceriani

13. Economic Insecurity: Theoretical Approaches
Nicholas Rohde and Kam Ki Tang

14. Economic Insecurity: Empirical Findings
Lars Osberg

15. Relative Deprivation and Satisfaction: Theoretical Approaches
Lucio Esposito

16. Relative Deprivation and Satisfaction: Empirical Findings
Paolo Verme

17. Social Inequality: Theoretical Approaches
Casilda Lasso de la Vega

18. Social Inequality: Empirical Findings
Indranil Dutta and Gaston Yalonetzky

19. Income and Social Polarization: Theoretical Approaches
Iñaki Permanyer

20. Income and Social Polarization: Empirical Findings
Chiara Gigliarano

21. Segregation: Theoretical Approaches
Oscar Volij

22. Segregation: Empirical Findings
Ricardo Mora and Jacques Silber

23. Diversity and Social Fractionalization: Theoretical Approaches
Mariateresa Ciommi, Ernesto Savaglio and Stefano Vannucci

24. Diversity and Social Fractionalization: Empirical Findings
Mariateresa Ciommi