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Abstract

Composite indicators have received substantial attention in recent years and various methodologies have been developed to handle different aspects of the issue. This report examines a number of methodologies with a view to clarifying how they relate to the development of the composite indicator. Several methods are investigated such as:
- Aggregation systems;
- Multiple linear regression models;
- Principle components analysis and factor analysis;
- Cronbach alpha;
- Neutralisation of correlation effect;
- Efficiency frontier;
- Distance to targets;
- Experts opinion (budget allocation);
- Public opinion
- Analytic hierarchy process.

The report further examines twenty-four published studies on this topic in a number of fields such as environment, economy, research, technology and health, including practices from the Directorates General of the European Commission. In this report we offer for each composite indicator reviewed general information on the number and type of sub-indicator, on the preliminary treatment (normalisation, detrending, etc) and on the weighting system considered. There is also a brief comment on each composite indicator.

Additional information

Authors: SAISANA M, European Commission, Joint Research Centre, Institute for the Protection and the Security of the Citizen, Ispra (IT);TARANTOLA S, European Commission, Joint Research Centre, Institute for the Protection and the Security of the Citizen, Ispra (IT)
Bibliographic Reference: EUR 20408 EN (2002), pp.72. Free of charge
Availability: Available from European Commission, JRC Knowledge Management Unit, Ispra (IT) Tel: +39 033278 9843 or +39 033278 9864 Fax: +39 033278 9623 E-mail: jrc-publications-office@ec.europa.eu
Record Number: 200215324 / Last updated on: 2002-10-21
Category: PUBLICATION
Original language: en
Available languages: en
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