Regional Development

Workshop: Measuring Well-being to Enhance Regional Policy, 11 June 2012


Workshop organised by the Working Party on Territorial Indicators

Improving current matrices of well-being and progress is today a high priority in the statistical and political agendas at international, national and community level. While GDP-based measures provide critical insights about the economic performance of individual countries, they cannot accurately account for the different dimensions that represent the well-being of people.

So far, most of the statistical work attempting to improve well-being metrics has been carried out at national level. However, evidence shows that the differences among localities and regions are sometimes more important than differences among countries for many domains of well-being. In addition, considering that many of the policies that most directly bear on people’s lives are enacted at the local level, a conceptualisation of well-being without taking into account the area where people live is of limited use for policy making.

During the workshop local, national and international experiences of measuring progress and well-being at sub-national level will be presented. The main objectives of the discussion were to:

  • Enhance the relevance of sub-national measures and analysis for addressing policy issues.
  • Identify the key well-being domains where further work could be most usefully focused for regional measures.
  • Improve our understanding of the links between policy actions implemented at the local and regional level and outcomes expressed in terms of people’s well-being.



Introductory remarks: Duarte Rodrigues, WPTI Chair.

Session 1: Quality of life and access to services in regions and metropolitan areas


Lewis Dijkstra, EC- DG Regio, Measuring Quality of Life in Regions and Urban Areas

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Antonio Rosati, Province of Rome, Italy, A Policy Drive Index of Quality of Life and Access to Services

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Norberto Roque, INEGI, Mexico, Assessing Quality of Local Administrations through Outcome Indicators of Well-being

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                                                                           Session 2: Material Conditions

David McLennan, Oxford Institute of Social Policy, UK, The Indices of deprivation in the UK: Mapping the spatial distribution of multiple deprivation at small-area level and its uses for targeting area -based regeneration policies

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Eric Marlier, CEPS/INSTEAD, Improving material deprivation measurement in European Countries

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Marco Mira D'Ercole, OECD, OECD Work on Material Conditions and Inequalities: What possible extensions to the regional level?

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                                                    Session 3: Measuring Different Dimensions of Well-being

Claudia Senik, Paris School of Economics, Regional Difference in Subjective Well-being


Ana Marie Argilagos, Department of Housing and Urban Development and Eugenie Birch, University of Pennsylvania, US, Sustainable Development Metrics for Livable Communities

Abstract: Birch/Argilagos   Bio: Argilagos  Bio: Birch

Rune Stig Mortensen, Region of Southern Denmark, The Good Life Index in Southern Denmark: Combining individual and socio-economic indicators

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                                                               Session 4: Stocktaking for Future Activities

General discussion among speakers and delegates of the Working Party


‌Previous workshops

Measuring regional development: Issues from emerging economies (2011)

Regional Mobility and Regional Innovation Networks (2010)


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