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Child Well-Being in Central and Eastern European Countries (CEE) and the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS)

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JournalChild Indicators Research
DatePublished - Sep 2008
Issue number3
Number of pages40
Pages (from-to)211-250
Original languageEnglish


This is the first attempt to produce a multidimensional index of the wellbeing of children in the CEE/CIS countries. It follows the methods employed in similar indices produced by the same authors for EU and OECD countries. Indicators are derived from existing survey and administrative sources, they are combined into components and the components are combined into seven domains of well-being. There is considerable variation in the performance of different countries in different domains. The domains are combined into a single index: Croatia, Bosnia Herzegovina, FYR Macedonia and Serbia are at the top of the index. Azerbaijan, Albania, Tajikistan and Moldova are at the bottom of the index. The article describes how the index was put together, explores its sensitivity and shortcomings. The level of wealth in GDP per capita explains only about a third of the variation of children's well-being in this region.

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  • Child well-being, Central Europe, Eastern Europe, former Soviet states

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