Social Indicators Research

, Volume 142, Issue 1, pp 149–177 | Cite as

A Well-Being Indicator for the Italian Provinces

  • Giorgio Calcagnini
  • Francesco PeruginiEmail author


In recent years, a significant number of papers has been published providing alternative measures of progress and well-being to Gross Domestic Product. Most of these papers differs in terms of their theoretical approach as well as their purpose and statistical methodology used to define what well-being is and how to measure it. In this paper, we construct a well-being indicator for the Italian provinces that shows a high degree of heterogeneity not only between the Northern and Southern Italian provinces, but also among adjacent provinces.


Well-being measure Italian provinces Civil society Territorial disparities 

JEL Classification

I31 R1 R11 G23 



We are grateful to Fabio Clementi, Sauro Mocetti, Mario Pianta, Paolo Rizzi, and especially Tommaso Rondinella for useful comments. The usual disclaimers apply.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Economics, Society, and PoliticsUniversità di Urbino Carlo BoUrbinoItaly
  2. 2.Mo.Fi.R.AnconaItaly
  3. 3.Department of Information Engineering (DII)Università Politecnica delle MarcheAnconaItaly

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