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1 Improving the measurement of the regional and urban dimension of well-being 4 th OECD World Forum, lunchtime seminar 19 October 2012 Walter Radermacher, Chief Statistician of the EU Walter Radermacher 1

2 Measuring at sub-national level captures more variation.. 19 October 2012 Walter Radermacher 2

3 Income data at national level. 30 Disposable household income per head * NUTS2-Region Country average 5 0 Bulgaria Romania Estonia Hungary Latvia Poland Lithuania Slovakia Czech Republic Portugal Denmark Slovenia Finland Spain Netherlands Ireland Greece Sweden Italy Belgium France United Kingdom Germany Austria in 1000 ppcs/inhabitant *BG= October 2012 Walter Radermacher 3 ESTAT

4 and at sub-national level (NUTS2) 30 Disposable household income per head * NUTS2-Region Country average 5 0 Bulgaria Romania Estonia Hungary Latvia Poland Lithuania Slovakia Czech Republic Portugal Denmark Slovenia Finland Spain Netherlands Ireland Greece Sweden Italy Belgium France United Kingdom Germany Austria in 1000 ppcs/inhabitant *BG= October 2012 Walter Radermacher 4 ESTAT

5 How to capture the sub-national dimension in the EU? By region (NUTS) or type of region (such as 'metro regions' or 'border regions') 1294 NUTS 3 regions in the EU At the local level: local administrative units (LAU) Geo-spatially (GIS): combining different data sources, flexible aggregation (country, NUTS, LAU..) 19 October 2012 Walter Radermacher 5

6 Towards a new harmonised definition of cities 2011: new degree of urbanisation Redefining urban: degree of urbanisation: cities, towns and suburbs, rural areas + commuting zones around each city (OECD-EC method) Urban Audit + Larger Urban Zones now cover all cities with a centre of inhabitants 19 October 2012 Walter Radermacher 6

7 Sofia Memorandum: Measuring progress, wellbeing and sustainable development Recognises that official surveys must cover objective and subjective conditions Notes that EU-Statistics on Income and Living Conditions (EU-SILC) should be further developed as a core instrument for measuring quality of life dimensions but has to be complemented by other data sources Insists on timeliness, comparability and coverage of various dimensions of quality of life statistics 19 October 2012 Walter Radermacher 7

8 Actions on 'GDP and beyond' Sub-national poverty or social exclusion through EU-SILC NUTS2/NUTS1 More timely key regional statistics (unemployment) at a quarterly basis (instead of annually) Investing in geo-statistics EU-SILC (European Statistics on Income and Living Conditions) Ad-hoc Module 2013 on 'Subjective aspects of well-being' data at NUTS1/NUTS2 GDP per head (NUTS2) now at T+14 months (instead of T+ 26 months) 19 October 2012 Walter Radermacher 8

9 Eurostat Expert Group on QoL indicators Short term up to end 2012 Development and provision of indicators for measuring quality of life, focus on existing data, mainly from EU-SILC An overall aggregated indicator is not recommended Each quality of life dimension is measured through a set of primary indicators (with possibility for synthetic indicators) and, where possible, context indicators Publication of a first QoL data set by end 2012 Medium to long term Focus on filling the gaps, through the use of other ESS sources (and data matching) Evolution of ESS instruments towards a limited number of key missing dimensions (example: social trust, well-being) 19 October 2012 Walter Radermacher 9

10 Quality of life and well-being Quality of life (QoL) dimensions (8 drivers + 1 outcome) - living conditions - productive and valued activities -health -education - leisure and social interactions - personal insecurity - governance and basic rights (access, trust and participation) - natural and living environment (Subjective) Well-being ( = experienced QoL) = life satisfaction, affect 19 October 2012 Walter Radermacher 10

11 Regional data for the dimensions of QoL income, material deprivation EU-SILC NUTS2/NUTS1 (annual) productive and valued activities EU-SILC NUTS2/NUTS1 (annual) LFS at NUTS2 (annual) health EU-SILC NUTS2/NUTS1 (annual) education LFS at NUTS2 (annual) leisure and social interactions EU-SILC AHM 2006 NUTS2/NUTS1 personal insecurity - registered crime at NUTS3 (annual) governance and basic rights (access, trust and participation) (no data yet) natural and living environment EU-SILC NUTS2/NUTS1 (annual) life satisfaction, affect expected by EU-SILC AHM 2013 NUTS2/NUTS1 19 October 2012 Walter Radermacher 11

12 Quality in statistics: aggregation aspects Not labelled as European Statistics" Composite indicators Specific Purpose Indicator sets Multi- Purpose Accounting systems Primary information from surveys, registers 19 October 2012 Walter Radermacher 12

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