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The Development and Application of Multidimensional Well-being Measures

June 18, 2021 @ 9:00 am - 11:00 am UTC+1

Webinar Panel Discussion with Jaya Krishnakumar, Giulia Greco,
& Enrica Chiappero-Martinetti

18th June 2021, Friday

09:00 – 11.00 BST (GMT +1) (10.00 – 12.00 CEST/GMT +2)

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In this session, Jaya Krishnakumar, Giulia Greco and Enrica Chiappero-Martinetti will join us for a panel discussion on developing multidimensional wellbeing measures in varied contexts and with diverse data sources. Starting with the necessity to measure concepts for monitoring and evaluation, Jaya Krishnakumar will go over various approaches to measurement of wellbeing in terms of capabilities as well as functionings, with particular emphasis on statistical and econometric models. Giulia Greco will then discuss the determination of weights in a composite measure, highlighting four different weighting methods and showing how these different aggregation methods matter for identifying the “worst off”. Finally, Enrica Chiappero-Martinetti will proceed with a discussion on measuring inequalities from a multidimensional perspective using budget allocation techniques in contexts and circumstances where standard techniques may not be fully adequate. The session will conclude with a discussion amongst the panellists on how we can better adapt our methodologies to accord with the context of interest and available data sources, as well as questions from the audience.


Jaya Krishnakumar is a full professor of Econometrics at the University of Geneva, Switzerland, and has publications in several international econometrics/economics journals. Her research interests include theoretical and applied econometrics, as well as quantitative methods for multi-dimensional well-being analysis. She is frequently invited to serve in the Advisory Board of various global initiatives by UN and other international organisations. 

Giulia Greco is an Assistant Professor in Health Economics in the Department for Global Health and Development at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. Her main research interest is on the measurement and determinants of subjective wellbeing and capabilities, and their use in the evaluation of complex public health interventions, in particular women’s health and mental health. She is a coordinator of the Health & Disability Thematic Group at the HDCA, and associate editor for the Journal of Human Development and Capabilities.

Enrica Chiappero-Martinetti is full professor of Economics and Head of the Department of Political and Social Sciences at the University of Pavia. She is editor of the Journal of Human Development and Capabilities and has been Vice-President of the Human Development and Capability Association from 2004 until 2008 and in 2011. Her main research interests are on well-being, poverty and inequality analysis with special attention to the capability and human development approach; gender empowerment; youth vulnerability and marginalization; social innovation and human development.

2021 Webinar Series: Multidimensional Well-Being
Concepts, Measurement, & Application

April – July 2021

The webinar series brings together and into conversation established scholars, junior researchers, and practitioners working to conceptualise, measure, and improve multidimensional well-being. It addresses and allows for discussion regarding both long-standing and contemporary issues regarding the conceptualization and measurement of well-being, with a special focus on applications related to the Capability Approach.

General themes running through the series include concepts of well-being, philosophies of well-being measurement, methodological issues including formal procedures for multidimensional measurement, the role of participation and deliberation, empirical applications and challenges, policy uses and implications, and current research frontiers.

The series is hosted by a group of junior HDCA scholars and aims at providing a forum for exchanges and discussions between junior and senior researchers and practitioners, and in combining their competencies. All are welcome.

For the full webinar schedule, updates, and to register, please visit our website:


June 18, 2021
9:00 am - 11:00 am UTC+1
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