Methodological considerations on regional sustainability assessment based on multicriteria and sensitivity analysis

Giuseppe Munda, Michaela Saisana

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Abstract

MUNDA G. and SAISANA M. Methodological considerations on regional sustainability assessment based on multicriteria and sensitivity analysis, Regional Studies. This paper proposes the use of a non-compensatory multicriteria approach combined with sensitivity analysis for constructing composite indicators of sustainability. An illustrative example on Spanish and selected Mediterranean regions is used. The sensitivity analysis shows that excluding an indicator from a twenty-nine-indicator data set (which represents, in principle, a small structural change) has a much lower impact on the regional ranking if that is based on a non-compensatory multicriteria approach than on the classical linear aggregation, for example the weighted arithmetic average. An alternative approach that employs endogenous weighting (region-specific weights) and is based on data envelopment analysis is discussed. © 2011 Regional Studies Association.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)261-276
JournalRegional Studies
Volume45
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Feb 2011

Keywords

  • Composite indicators
  • Multicriteria evaluation
  • Regional sustainability
  • Sensitivity analysis

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