Measuring Well-being in Mexican States

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The report provides a comprehensive picture on the territorial differences in many well-being dimensions across the 31 Mexican states and the Federal District. It represents a sound base for state and local policy makers, political leaders and citizens to better understand people’s living conditions, gauge progress in various aspects of economy and society and use these indicators to improve the design and implementation of policies. It is a part of the “How’s Life in Your Region?” work produced by the OECD Public Governance and Territorial Development Directorate at the behest of the Regional Development Policy Committee.



Supporting the use of well-being indicators in Mexican states

This chapter introduces the well-being indicators to a broader audience through composite indices. Composite indices can be a useful tool for communication, since trends of multidimensional phenomena can be grasped more easily than across the many individual indicators. The chapter offers a summary picture of well-being in Mexican states obtained by normalising and aggregating the indicators for each dimension into a single score. Scores are defined on a relative scale, with the national averages at the most recent year equal to 100, which allows direct comparison among well-being dimensions and over time in a state. The chapter also discusses ways to improve the use of well-being indicators throughout the policy cycle (design, implementation and evaluation of policies). Finally, it provides indications of the statistical challenges ahead to improving the measurement of well-being at the sub-national level in Mexico.


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