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Jonathan Wolff and Avner de-Shalit

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780199278268

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2007

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199278268.001.0001

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Measuring Functionings

Measuring Functionings

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(p.108) Chapter 6 Measuring Functionings
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Disadvantage
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Jonathan Wolff (Contributor Webpage)

Avner De-Shalit

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199278268.003.0007

In the previous chapter, it was assumed that it is possible to measure the functioning level of each representative individual for each functioning. This chapter explores how and why such measurement can and should be done. It suggests that such a method should combine both subjective and objective measures, gaining the benefits of both, but providing a cross-check on each other. The York model — named after research on poverty conducted by scholars from the University of York — provides a sound approach which, from the point of the view of the current project, has many advantages. It is suggested that using one subjective and two objective measures, and looking for overlap between at least two measures is a very promising way of assessing disadvantage within possibly each category of functioning.

Keywords:   disadvantage, functioning level, objective measures, subjective measures, the York model

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