Vol. 76 No. 2 (2021)
Research Articles

An indicator of well-being for Italian agriculture

Mafalda Monda
DG Joint Research Centre, European Commission - Bruxelles
Giuliano Gabrieli
CREA - Research Centre for Agricultural Policies and Bioeconomy
Matteo Mazziotta

Published 2021-09-24


  • well-being,
  • farmers,
  • agriculture,
  • sustainability,
  • composite index

How to Cite

Monda, M., Gabrieli, G., & Mazziotta, M. (2021). An indicator of well-being for Italian agriculture. Italian Review of Agricultural Economics (REA), 76(2), 57–72. https://doi.org/10.36253/rea-13097


The paper presents a composite indicator of well-being for Italian agriculture.Well-being is defined as the health condition of the agricultural sector from the point of view of farmers. The indicator is based on four dimensions: social, environmental, institutional and economic, allowing comparability of well-being at regional level. The novelty of the approach consists in presenting a well-being indicator at sectorial level, by applying a new method of aggregation, the Adjusted Mazziotta-Pareto index (2016). It is a non-compensatory approach for summarizing a set of individual indicators which accounts for unbalanced distribution among the indicators. Results show that central and northern regions are in the top ten for the regional agricultural well-being in years 2013 and 2016. 


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