Conceptualising measurement of complex concepts such as global poverty
Conceptualisation and measurement: philosophy, latent variable, and economics and applications to global indicators such as poverty and human wellbeing.
In this talk, Professor Gary Goertz introduces a three-level framework for thinking about conceptualisation and measurement of complex concepts. The event is based on a re-writing of Gary's book Social Science Concepts: A User's Guide.
Complex concepts are multidimensional and multilevel. For example, so-called composite indicators or global performance indicators are extremely popular in the international community, in institutions like the European Union, the World Bank, and many NGOs.
While the multidimensional aspect is obvious, the multilevel aspect of them is not. The three schools of conceptualisation and measurement differ quite significantly on a number of core features such completeness, redundancy, and causation within the concept.
The framework for conceptualisation and measurement privileges the semantic, definitional aspects of conceptualisation. The talk uses various conceptualisations of poverty and wellbeing as core examples of three level framework as well as the various schools of conceptualisation.