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31 Jan 11

A multidimensional assessment of social cohesion in 47 European countries.

Authors: DICKES Paul, VALENTOVA Marie, BORSENBERGER Monique.

Abstract: This paper presents a theoretically based, multidimensional and comparable measurementof social cohesion applicable in 47 European countries using the most recent micro-level data of European Value Study (EVS) from 2008. The analysis is conducted in four steps. In the first part, we create a set of measurable intermediate indicators that correspond to social cohesion dimensions suggested by the theory. In the second part, we verify whether these indicators empirically corroborate the multidimensional structure of the concept proposed by the theory. The third part examines whether the obtained intermediate indicators of social cohesion form the same constructs across countries and whether they can yield a cross country equivalent measure of social cohesion. In the fourth step, composite scores of all dimensions of social cohesion are calculated for all 47 countries to demostrate applicability of this constructed measurement in comparative research.

Reference: DICKES Paul, VALENTOVA Marie, BORSENBERGER Monique. A multidimensional assessment of social cohesion in 47 European countries. CEPS/INSTEAD, 2011, Working Papers n°2011-07, 20 p.

Keywords:
social cohesion,
measurement equivalence,
multidimensional scaling,
LISREL,
multidimensional indicators

JEL: D63, Z13.

Project: Valeurs et Cohésion Sociale

Linked publications
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