Diagnostics For A Globalized World

World Scientific-Now Publishers Series in Business

Book 7
World Scientific
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How do you gauge the accomplishments of policy and its failures? While a number of nations are successful in optimizing a socio-economic welfare function, others are woefully falling short of the optimal frontier. Diagnostics for a Globalized World proposes a reformulation of the inherited theory of economic and social policy (codified in the 1950s by Jan Tinbergen) to find a diagnostic tool in measuring the effectiveness of economic and social policy. Using a logarithmic adaptation of data envelopment analysis, the authors explain how to rank the attainment of nations of multidimensional goals such as those expressed by the UN Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and upcoming Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
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About the author

STEN THORE is a Senior Research Scientist and the Gregory A. Kozmetsky Centennial Fellow at the IC2 Institute at the University of Texas at Austin.

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World Scientific
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Published on
Mar 9, 2015
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Pages
256
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ISBN
9789814641456
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Language
English
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Genres
Political Science / Globalization
Political Science / History & Theory
Political Science / Public Policy / Economic Policy
Political Science / Public Policy / Social Policy
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Winner of the NBCC Award for General Nonfiction

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