Walls of Glass. Measuring Deprivation in Social Participation

OPHI Research in Progress

This paper proposes a measure for deprivation in social participation, an important but so far neglected dimension of human well-being. Operationalisation and empirical implementation of the measures are conceptually guided by the capability approach. Essentially, the paper argues that deprivation in social participation can often be convincingly established by drawing on extensive non-participation in customary social activities. In doing so, the present paper synthesises philosophical considerations, axiomatic research on poverty and deprivation, previous empirical research on social exclusion and subjective well-being. An empirical application illustrates the measurement approach using high-quality survey data for Germany. To evaluate the validity of the proposed measures, I also explore the empirical relation to adjacent concepts including material deprivation, income poverty, other potential determinants of social participation, and life satisfaction using regression techniques.

Citation: Suppa, N. (2017). ‘Walls of glass. Measuring deprivation in social participation', OPHI Research in Progress 49a, Oxford Poverty and Human Development Initiative, University of Oxford.

A later version is published as OPHI Working Paper 117 (2018).

social participation, capability approach, deprivation, social exclusion, Germany, social capital, life satisfaction, multidimensional poverty, SOEP
Europe and Central Asia

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Walls of Glass. Measuring Deprivation in Social Participation

Nicolai Suppa
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