Measuring Well-being: a Case for Municipalities in Slovenia

  • Kaja Malešič Statistical Office of the Republic of Slovenia
  • Jože Rovan University of Ljubljana, Faculty of Economics
  • Lea Bregar University of Ljubljana, Faculty of Economics
Keywords: well-being, composite indicator, municipality, local community, cluster analysis, principal components method, regional development, Slovenia

Abstract

This paper explores the differences in well-being across Slovenia as well-being is one of the key social goals of modern progress. Well-being is defined by objective social, economic, demographic and environmental indicators, which reflect different dimensions of well-being. Overall well-being of municipalities was evaluated by two approaches. First, a composite indicator of well-being was calculated with the application of principal component method for 68 indicators. Second, cluster analysis was applied to further explore regional differences in well-being. The results show prevailing higher level of well-being in the west, while lower well-being is observed in the east of Slovenia.

Author Biographies

Kaja Malešič, Statistical Office of the Republic of Slovenia
Labour Statistics Department, Senior Consultant
Jože Rovan, University of Ljubljana, Faculty of Economics
Unit for Mathematics, Statistics and Operations Research, Asssociate Professor
Lea Bregar, University of Ljubljana, Faculty of Economics
Unit for Mathematics, Statistics and Operations Research, Asssociate Professor
Published
2013-05-13
Section
Conference Paper