The microeconomic elements of the socioeconomic development indicators

Vol. 18 No. 3 (1998)

Jul-Sep / 1998
Published July 1, 1998
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How to Cite

Moldau, Juan Hersztajn. 1998. “The Microeconomic Elements of the Socioeconomic Development Indicators”. Brazilian Journal of Political Economy 18 (3):440-55.

The microeconomic elements of the socioeconomic development indicators

Juan Hersztajn Moldau
Da Faculdade de Economia, Administração e Contabilidade da Universidade de São Paulo- FEA-USP
Brazilian Journal of Political Economy, Vol. 18 No. 3 (1998), Jul-Sep / 1998, Pages 440-455


In this paper, I suggest the use of non-conventional models of choice and production,
to underlie the construction and employment of index numbers. I recommend the
use of the model of production proposed by Georgescu-Roegen and a model of choice, that
acknowledges the existence of irreducible criteria. Also stressed, are the distinction between
flow and stock and between funds’ services and flows of goods, that are produced or consumed
in transformation activities. Flows can frequently be associated to production activities.
Therefore, one can apply principles derived from Production Theory. The corresponding
implications, with respect to the choice of index numbers, are discussed. Another conclusion
of this paper, is the necessity of considering index numbers, associated to the satisfaction of
basic needs, in the design of social programs. Poverty indices are also discussed to illustrate
some of the points raised in the paper.

JEL Classification: B41; O10.

Keywords: Development indicators Sen poverty index poverty measurement