Robustness in Weighting

Instructor: Suman Seth, OPHI Researcher

Class Objectives:

  • Importance of the choice of weights.
  • Various methods for determining weights.
  • Normative methods Vs. Statistical methods
  • Importance of robustness check of weights
  • Various techniques for robustness check

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Reading List
Suggested basic readings on this topic:
CAHILL M. B. (2005), “Is the human development index redundant?” Eastern Economic Journal 31(1), 1-5
CHERCHYE L, E OOGHE, and T V PUYENBROECK. (2008), “Robust human development rankings”, Journal of Economic Inequality, Volume 6 (4), 287–320.
DECANCQ, K. and A. M. LUGO (2008) Setting Weights in Multidimensional Indices of well-being, paper presented at the OPHI workshop on Weighting Dimensions, Oxford 26-27 May 2008.
FOSTER, J. E., MC GILLIVRAY, M. and S. SETH (2008), “Rank Robustness of Composite Indices”, OPHI Working Paper No 26.
SUDHIR, A. and A. SEN (1994) Human Development Index: Methodology and Measurement. Human Development Report Office Occasional Paper No. 12. UNDP, New York.

Further readings:

DECANCQ, K., and E. OOGHE (2009 ): Has the world moved forward? A robust multidimensional evaluation, Mimeo.
KLASEN, S (2006) UNDP’s Gender-related Measures: Some Conceptual Problems and Possible Solutions Journal of Human Development, Vol. 7, No. 3 (November).
McGillivray , M. (1991), “The Human Development Index: yet another redundant composite development Indicator?”, World Development, 1461-68.
MCGILLIVRAY, M. (2007) Measuring Human Well-being: Key Findings and Policy Lessons, UNU Policy Brief, November 3.
MCGILLIVRAY, M. and F. NOORBAKHSH (2004) Composite Indices of Human Well-being: Past, Present, and Future, WIDER Research Paper No. 2004/63
NOORBAKHSH, F. (1998 ), The human development index: Some technical issues and Alternative indices, Journal of International Development, Vol 10, 589-605
RANIS, G., F. STEWART. and E. SAMMAN (2006) Human Development: Beyond the Human Development Index. Journal of Human Development, Vol. 7, No. 3 (November).
RAWORTH, K and D. STEWART (2002) Critiques of the Human Development Index: a review in S. FUKUDA-PARR and A.K. SHIVA-KUMAR (eds) Readings in Human Development. New Delhi . Oxford University Press.
Saisana, M., Saltelli, A., Tarantola, S., (2005), “Uncertainty and sensitivity analysis as tools for the quality assessment of composite indicators” Journal of the Royal Statistical Society , Ser. A 168, 1–17.
SCHULER, D. (2006) The Uses and Misuses of the Gender-related Development Index and Gender Empowerment Measure: a Review of the Literature Journal of Human Development, Vol. 7, No. 3 (November).