Handbook on constructing composite indicators : methodology and user guide

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  • This handbook is a guide for constructing and using composite indicators for policy makers, academics, the media and other interested parties. While there are several types of composite indicators, this handbook is concerned with those which compare and rank country performance in areas such as industrial competitiveness, sustainable development, globalization and innovation. The handbook aims to contribute to a better understanding of the complexity of composite indicators and to an improvement of the techniques currently used to build them. In particular, it contains a set of technical guidelines that can help constructors of composite indicators to improve the quality of their outputs.--Publisher's description.


  • Includes bibliographical references (pages 141-150).
  • Available both in print and online.


  • pt. 1. Constructing a composite indicator. Steps for constructing a composite indicator -- A quality framework for composite indicators -- pt. 2. A toolbox for constructors. Imputation of missing data -- Multivariate analysis -- Normalisation -- Weighting and aggregation -- Uncertainty and sensitivity analysis -- Back to the details -- Concluding remarks
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