GSL Faculty Associate Mathieu Poirier recently published an article in Social Indicators Research titled “Approaches and Alternatives to the Wealth Index to Measure Socioeconomic Status Using Survey Data: A critical Interpretive Synthesis.”
This critical interpretive synthesis analyzes the appropriateness of wealth indices for measuring social health inequalities and provides an overview of alternative methods to calculate wealth indices using data captured in standardized household surveys. The authors conclude that wealth indices are an equally valid, but distinct measure of household socioeconomic status from income and consumption measures. They suggest that more research is needed into the potential applications of wealth indices to measure international health inequalities.
The full article can be accessed here.