Eliciting, applying and exploring multidimensional welfare weights: evidence from the field

Lucio Esposito, Enrica Chiappero-Martinetti

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By combining primary data on dimension importance collected in the field from three different samples and nationally representative survey data from the Dominican Republic, we offer a twofold contribution. The first one comes from an unincentivized questionnaire experiment, where the significance of the treatment effect shows that life domains are valued differently in a poverty vs a well‐being framework. This poses important questions on the anatomy of dimension importance and on the use of weights in empirical analyses, and opens the door to what we call a “concordance paradox” related to the very essence of the constructs of poverty and well‐being. As a second contribution, we employ the sets of weights collected in the field to assess the trend of multidimensional poverty and well‐being in the country. We find that the picking one set of weights or another is not a trivial choice, as they lead to opposite assessment results.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)S204-S227
Number of pages24
JournalReview of Income and Wealth
Issue numberS1
Early online date13 Jan 2019
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2019


  • between-subject design
  • fieldwork
  • multidimensional poverty
  • weighting schemes
  • well-being

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