Measurement in Economics

A summer school organized by the University of the Basque Country and the Urrutia Elejalde Foundation ~ San Sebastián, July 18-20 (2012). Directors: Miguel A. Ballester (UAB) and Juan D. Moreno-Ternero (UPO)

With very few exceptions, if any, ways of measurement are to some extent arbitrary and it is part of the scientific process to agree on which ways to use and how to use them when measuring. Measurement in Economics and in particular, measurement of individual and organizational basic aspects of society is therefore a topic that lies crucially between philosophy and economics, an area in which the Urrutia Elejalde Foundation has annually organized a Summer School.

Our proposal aims to discuss theoretical works regarding how to measure important concepts for the economic analysis (Inequality/Poverty/Welfare, Segregation/Discrimination/Homophily, Rationality/Consistency, Riskiness/Uncertainty/Information, Diversity/Conflict/Bizarreness or Intellectual Influence/Network Centrality among others). The course is structured around such central topics on which general talks and specific contributions will be discussed.

PhD students from all over the world will be admitted and may contribute through poster presentations.

Aims and scope

The 15th edition of the Urrutia Elejalde Summer School focuses on the broad theme of Measurement in Economics. In particular, the school aims to discuss topics such as Inequality, Poverty, Welfare, Segregation, Rationality, Diversity, or Intellectual Influence

Final Program [PDF] – Participants [PDF]


July 18
10:00h. Opening Remarks
10:30h. Measuring social welfare, beyond GDP by Marc Fleurbaey Princeton University) [PDF]
11:30h. Coffee Break
12:00h Measuring Individual Well-being by Conchita D’Ambrosio (Universitá de Milano-Bicocca) [PDF]
13:00h Lunch
14:30h. Measurement of Human Development by Carmen Herrero (Universidad
de Alicante, IVIE and IAE) [PDF]
15:30h. Measurement of Population Health by Juan D. Moreno-Ternero
(Universidad Pablo de Olavide and CORE, Université catholique de Louvain) [PDF]

16:30h. Coffee Break
17:00h-18:30. Short presentations I

  • «Inefficiency», by Alan D. Miller (University of Haifa) [PDF]
  • «Riskiness Measure for Sets of Gambles» by Moti Michaeli (Hebrew University of Jerusalem) [PDF]
  • «An Axiomatic Approach to the Measurement of Ethnic Politics» by Margherita Negri (CORE, Université catholique de Louvain) [PDF]
  • «My Group Beats Your Group: Evaluating Non-Income Inequalities» by Tugce Cuhadaroglu (Universidad Autónoma de Barcelona) [PDF]

July 19
9:30h. A characterization of the Atkinson index of Segregation by Oscar Volij (Ben Gurion University) [PDF]
10:30h. Random-Walk Segregation Measures by Marc Vorsatz (UNED)
11:30h. Coffee Break
12:00h. Measurement of Group Fitness by John Weymark (Vanderbilt University) [PDF]
13:00h. Lunch
14:30h. General Revealed Preference Theory by Federico Echenique (California Institute of Technology) [PDF]
15:30h. Measurement of Rationality and Welfare by Miguel A. Ballester (Universidad Autónoma de Barcelona and MOVE) [PDF]

16:30h. Coffee Break
17:00h-18:30. Short presentations II

  • «Complementarities in the Marginal Rates of Substitution in the Human Development Index» by Riste Gjorgjiev (Universidad Autónoma de Barcelona)[PDF]
  • «Poverty, Identity, and Non-Take-Up» by Claudia Hupkau (CORE, Université catholique de Louvain) [PDF]
  • «Fair allocation of resources among other-regarding agents» by Benoit Decerf (CORE, Université catholique de Louvain) [PDF]
  • «On Manipulation from an Unacceptable Social Choice to an Acceptable One» by Bora Berdamar
  • «Social Capital and Economic Development: Evidence from Russia» by Maxim Ananyev (New Econimic School, Moscow) [PDF]

July 20
10:30h. Measurement of Diversity by Shlomo Webber (Southern Methodist University) [PDF]
11:30h. Coffee Break
12:00h. Measurement of Decisiveness by Walter Bossert (Université de Montreal)
13:00h. Lunch
14:30h. Measurement of Differences in Citation Practices by Javier Ruiz Castillo [PDF]
(Universidad Carlos III, Madrid)
15:30h. Measurement of Intellectual Influence by Ignacio Palacios-Huerta (London School of Economics and Ikerbasque Foundation) [PDF]
21:00h. Farewell dinner for all participants

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