University of Padua, Palazzo Bo

Thursday 17th and Friday 18th of September 2015


PROGRAM (download in pdf)


Sept, 17th  08.30 – 09.45, Sala della Basilica

Registration and welcome coffee

(open bar until 11.30)


Sept 17th  09.45 – 10.30, Archivio Antico


Giuseppe Zaccaria, Chancellor of the University of Padua

Ming-Chang TSAI, President of the ISA  Research Committee on Social Indicators RC55

Nicola Torelli, President of the Italian Society of Statistics

Alessandra Salvan, Head of the Department of Statistical Sciences

Giovanna Boccuzzo and Filomena Maggino, Conference Chairs


Sept 17th  10.30 – 12.00, Archivio Antico


Chair: Filomena Maggino, University of Florence

Keynote Speaker: Enrico Giovannini, University  of  Rome  “Tor Vergata”

Speakers:  Sabina  Alkire, Oxford University, OPHI; Giuseppe Nicoletti, OECD; Roberto Barcellan, EUROSTAT


Sept 17th  12.00 – 13.30, Archivio Antico

Session 1: Synthetic Measures of Gender Equality

Chair: Maria Letizia Tanturri, University of Padua, Italy

Slides Session 1

Invited Speech: Anna Rita Manca, European Institute for Gender Equality, Vilnius, Lithuania. Slides

Measuring Gender Equality in EU through a Time Series: EIGE Gender Equality Index


Agnese Maria Di Brisco and Patrizia Farina, "Milano-Bicocca" University – Milan, Italy.  Slides

Measuring gender gap from a poset perspective


Piotr Michon, Poznań University of Economics Poznań, Poland.

The Division of Household Labour in Dual-Earner Families – in the search for synthetic indicators


Sept 17th  12.00 – 13.30, Aula Nievo

Session 2: Latent variable models for computing synthetic indicators

Chair: Maurizio carpita, University of Brescia, Italy

Slides Session 2

Organizers: Vincenzo Esposito Vinzi (ESSEC Business School, Cergy, France) and Laura Trinchera (NEOMA Business School, Rouen, France)


Maurizio Vichi, "Sapienza" University of Rome, Italy.

Statistical composite indicators to convey consistent policy messages


Vincenzo Esposito Vinzi, ESSEC Business School, Cergy, France; Giorgio Russolillo, CNAM, Paris, France; Laura Trinchera, NEOMA Business School, Rouen, France

Multidimensional and non-metric extensions of PLS Path Modeling for synthetic indicators.


Cristina Davino, University of Macerata, Italy; Pasquale Dolce, University of Naples Federico II, Italy; Vincenzo Esposito Vinzi, ESSEC Business School, Cergy, France; Stefania Taralli, Italian National Institute of Statistics, Ancona, Italy  Slides

Quantile Composite-based Path Modeling for measuring equitable and sustainable well-being


Mario Fordellone  and Giovanna Boccuzzo, University of Padua,  Italy Slides

Non-metric PLS path modelling: a new approach to building a composite indicator of job quality


Sept 17th  13.30 – 14.30, Sala Basilica



Sept 17th 14.30 – 15.30, Archivio Antico

Keynote Speech

Epistemology of Complexity: The Rethoric Way and the Scientific Way

Alberto Peruzzi, University of Florence


Sept 17th  15.30 – 17.00, Archivio Antico

Session 3: Social Cohesion and Sustainability

Chair: Enrico Giovannini, University of Rome "Tor Vergata"

Slides Session 3

 Georgi Dragolov and Klaus Boehnke, Jacobs University Bremen, Germany; Jan Delhey, Otto von Guericke University Magdeburg, Germany

Developing an index of social cohesion


Gianmaria Bottoni, “La Sapienza” University, Rome, Italy  Slides

A multilevel SEM measurement model of social cohesion


Enrico di Bella, Lucia Leporatti, Barbara Cavalletti, University of Genoa, Italy; Matteo Corsi, University of Pavia, Italy  Slides

Twenty years of sustainable development efforts: a multi-indicators approach


Luca Farnia, Lorenza Campagnolo, Fabio Eboli, Fondazione Eni Enrico Mattei, Italy, Centro Euro-Mediterraneo sui Cambiamenti Climatici, Italy; Carlo Carraro, University Cà Foscari of Venice, Italy, Fondazione Eni Enrico Mattei, Italy; Silvio Giove, University Cà Foscari of Venice, Italy.  Slides

Fuzzy measures, Choquet integral and preferences elicitation: an application to the sustainability composite index



Sept 17th  15.30 – 17.00, Aula Nievo

Session 4: Citizens’ opinions and needs

Chair: Christian Suter, University of Neuchâtel, Switzerland

Slides Session 4

Mario Quaranta, LUISS “Guido Carli”, Roma, Italy  Slides

What is the quality of democracy? A citizens’ perspective from Europe.


Hamed Hosseini, The University of Newcastle, Australia; Lawrence J. Saha, College of Arts and Social Sciences, The Australian National University, Australia  Slides

How ‘Critically Open-minded’ are we? An Australian Perspective, through the World Values Survey (2005-2012)


Francesco Vidoli, "Roma tre" University, Rome, Italy  Slides

Infrastructure Local Expenditure Needs: a proposal for Italian municipalities


Frauke Fuhrmann and Margit Scholl, Technical University of Applied Sciences, Wildau, Germany; Rainer Bruggemann, Leibniz-Institute of Freshwater Ecology and Inland Fisheries, Berlin, Germany  Slides

How can indicators support the empowerment of employees with intellectual disabilities?


September, 17th  Evening

Social program

17.00 – 19.00: cocktail and  visit to Botanical Garden

19.00: social dinner  in the Botanical Garden

Sept 18th  09.00 – 10.30 Archivio Antico

Session 5: Social reporting of quality of life indicators

Chair: Matteo Mazziotta, Italian National Institute of Statistics

Slides Session 5

 Jeroen Boelhouwer, The Netherlands Institute for Social Research  Slides

An index for quality of life: 40 years of experience


Jehane Simona Moussa, Tugce Beycan, Katia Iglesias Rutishauser and Christian Suter, University of Neuchâtel, Switzerland  Slides

Multidimensional Quality of Life in Switzerland: Towards New Synthetic Measures for Social Reporting


Eduardo González Fidalgo, Ana Cárcaba García and Juan Ventura Victoria, University of Oviedo, Spain  Slides

Combining dimensions of Quality of Life in Spanish Municipalities


Elena Tosetto, Carlotta Balestra and Romina Boarini, OECD Statistics Directorate, Paris, France  Slides

“Your” Better Life Index: involving people and learning what matters most to them


Sept 18th  09.00 – 10.30, Aula Nievo

Session 6: Measuring performance

Chair: Michela Gnaldi, University of Perugia, Italy

Slides Session 6

 Francesco Porcelli, University of Warwick, UK

A Four Quadrants Model to monitor the performance of Local Governments


Eleonora Carrozzo and Rosa Arboretti, University of Padova,  Italy  Slides

NPC-based Global Indicators for Teaching University Assessment


Enrico di Bella, Luca Gandullia, Lucia Leporatti and Marcello Montefiori, University of Genoa,  Italy; Patrizia Orcamo, Regione Liguria, Health Regional Agency, Genoa, Italy  Slides

A multi-indicators approach for comparing Emergency Departments


Daria Mendola, University of Palermo,  Italy; Serena Volo, Free University of Bozen-Bolzano,  Italy

An analytical review of destination competitiveness´ indicators


Giulio D'Epifanio, University of Perugia, Italy

Indexing the performance of social agents. An approach based on social planning



Sept 18th  10.30 – 11.00, Sala Basilica

Coffee break

Sept 18th  11.00 – 12.00, Archivio Antico

Keynote Speech

"Scalability of composite indices: Complexity complications and findings from 15 years of monitoring child and youth well-being in the United States"

 Kenneth Land, Duke University


Sept 18th  12.00 – 13.30, Archivio Antico

Session 7: Measures of Deprivation

Chair: Kenneth Land, Duke University, USA

Slides Session 7

 Sabina Alkire, University of Oxford, Director of the Oxford Poverty & Human Development Initiative (OPHI)  Slides

Measuring Multidimensional Poverty and Well-being: an axiomatic and counting approach and its applications


Enrique Delamonica, UNICEF, Abuja, Nigeria and Maryam Abdu, UNICEF, Freetown, Sierra Leone  Slides

Multidimensional Child Poverty: from complex weighting to simple representation


Marco Fattore, "Milano Bicocca" University, Milan, Italy, and Filomena Maggino, University of Florence, Italy.  Slides

Partial order theory: a new setting for the evaluation of multidimensional poverty and inequality


Sept 18th  12.00 – 13.30, Aula Nievo

Session 8: Households and socio-economic fragility

Chair: Elena Tosetto, OECD

Slides Session 8

Veronica Cappa, Maurizio Carpita and Anna Simonetto, University of Brescia,  Italy  Slides

Latent constructs and composite indicators for measuring well-being of the households living in Brescia


Marco Marozzi, University of Calabria, Rende (CS), Italy; Mario Bolzan, University of Padua,  Italy

An index of public service accessibility for households


Roberto Casarin, Monica Billio, Michele Costola and Andrea Pasqualini, "Ca' Foscari" University, Venice, Italy  Slides

An entropy-based early warning indicator for measuring systemic risk


Sept 18th  13.30 – 14.15, Sala Basilica



Sept 18th  14.15 – 16.15 Archivio Antico

Session 9: Methodological concerns

Chair: Tsai Ming-Chang, Academia Sinica, Taipei, Taiwan.

Slides Session 9

 Matteo Mazziotta and Adriano Pareto, Italian National Institute of Statistics, Rome, Italy  Slides

On a Generalized Non-Compensatory Composite Index for Measuring Socio-economic Phenomena


Georg P. Mueller, University of Fribourg, Switzerland  Slides

Time Intervals Versus Composite Index Scores: An Alternative Approach for the Measurement of the Socio-economic Development of Countries


Tommaso Luzzati and Bruno Cheli, University of Pisa, Italy  Slides

Communicating the uncertainty of synthetic indicators: a reassessment of the HDI ranking

 Brief discussion

 Ludovico Carrino and Silvio Giove, "Ca’ Foscari" University, Venice, Italy  Slides

Making subjectivity explicit: a multidimensional measure of Social Inclusion for European regions with expert-based normalization and aggregation functions.


Jan W. Owsiński, Systems Research Institute, Polish Academy of Sciences, Warszawa, Poland  Slides

Is there any ‘law of requisite variety’ in construction of indices for complex systems?


Simone Del Sarto and Michela Gnaldi, University of Perugia, Italy  Slides

A latent class multidimensional IRT model approach to select most informative items within standardised students’ tests for school restitution.


Sept 18th  14.15 – 16.15, Aula Nievo

Session 10: Theory and methods for well-being measurement

Chair:  Jeroen Boelhouwer, The Netherlands Institute for Social Research

Slides Session 10

 Pasquale De Muro, "Roma Tre" University, Rome, Italy

Consistent multidimensional well-being measurement


Maria Rita Sebastiani and Giuseppina Guagnano, "Sapienza" University, Rome, Italy.

Away from dissatisfaction, closer to well-being: A multidimensional synthetic measure


Giulio Caperna and Giovanna Boccuzzo, University of Padua, Italy. 

Rainer Brüggemann, Leibniz-Institute of Freshwater Ecology and Inland Fisheries, Berlin, Germany.  Slides

Measuring well-being: poset theory as a tool for synthesis of information from a big set of data.


Eugenia Nissi  and Annalina Sarra,  “G. d’Annunzio” University, Pescara, Italy  Slides

A measure of well-being across European countries: An integrated DEA-entropy approach


Barbara Cavalletti, University of Genoa, Italy; Matteo Corsi, Giorgio Panella, University of Pavia, Italy  Slides

Consumption, income and subjective well-being: a synthetic indicator of relationship under comparability conditions


Sept 18th  16.15-17.40, Archivio Antico

Session 11: Generalized Software to Compute  Composite Indicators

Chair: Bruno Scarpa, University of Padua, Italy

Slides Session 11

 Organizer: Matteo Mazziotta, Italian National Institute of Statistics (ISTAT), Rome, Italy.

 Marco Broccoli, Giulio Barcaroli, Matteo Mazziotta, Italian National Institute of Statistics, Rome, Italy.  Slides

Web-Ranker: Istat Software to Compute Composite Indicators


Pierpaolo Massoli, Matteo Mazziotta, Adriano Pareto and Claudia Rinaldelli, Italian National Institute of Statistics, Rome, Italy.  Slides

COMIC: A tool for composite indices evaluation


Francesco Vidoli, "Roma Tre" University, Rome, Italy; Elisa Fusco, “La Sapienza” University, Rome, Italy  Slides

Compind: a Composite indicators functions based on frontiers in R


Marco Fattore and Alberto Arcagni, "Milano-Bicocca" University, Milan, Italy  Slides

PARSEC – An R package for Partial Orders in Socio-Economics


Sept 18th  16.15-17.40, Aula Nievo

Session 12: Life-Course, Integration and Wellbeing: Taiwan in Perspective

Chair: Franca Crippa, "Milano Bicocca" University, Milan, Italy

Slides Session 12

 Organizer: Ming-Chang Tsai, Academia Sinica, Taipei, Taiwan.

Ruey-Ming Tsay and Li-Hsueh Wu, Tunghai University, Taiwan

Retiring in Search for Happiness: Retirement Arrangement and Quality of Life in Taiwan


Chun-Hao Li, Yuan Ze University, Taoyuan City, Taiwan; Shu-Yao Hsu, Kang Ning University, Tainan City, Taiwan  Slides

Acculturation and Well-being of Immigrant Brides in Taiwan


Ji-Ping Lin, Academia Sinica, Taipei, Taiwan Slides

Construction of Micro Genealogy as “Social DNA Sequencing” for The Study of Assimilation and Integration: An Approach Using High Performance Computing (HPC) Applied to Cumulated Micro Data Sets of Taiwan Indigenous Peoples



Sept 18th  17.40-18.00, Archivio Antico: Closing Conference


Sept 18th  18.00-19.00:  Cocktail and guided tour to Palazzo Bo