nep-tur New Economics Papers
on Tourism Economics
Issue of 2006‒03‒25
two papers chosen by
Antonello Scorcu
Universita di Bologna

  1. Cities with Children - Child Friendly Cities in Italy By UNICEF Innocenti Research Centre
  2. Local sustainable development and well-being/quality of life. An application of the capability approach at regional level By Alba Distaso

  1. By: UNICEF Innocenti Research Centre
    Abstract: Child Friendly Cities in Italy describes the evolution of childhood in Italy and the emergence of a new culture of the city. It analyses the consideration given to the Child Friendly Cities initiative and in particular the attention provided to the child as an active citizen and the role of the city in promoting the participation of young people in decision-making processes at the local level. The study looks at the specific experience of 12 of the more than 100 Italian cities that have adopted this approach, considering planning, budgeting and monitoring plans of action for children and ways through which children’s views are taken in due account. The study provides recommendations on how to further promote children’s rights within local governance.
    Keywords: Italy;
    JEL: J19
    Date: 2006
  2. By: Alba Distaso
    Abstract: This paper has a twofold aim: the former is to focus on the concept of well-being/quality of life and its relationships with local sustainable development and the latter is to apply the capability approach at regional level. More specifically, one wants to analyse if sustainable development at a local level serves to better understand both the formation of well-being and/or quality of life. The instrument which will allow us to verify the operational value of the capability approach is the building of a multidimensional synthetic index of sustainability. This index will consists of aggregating a set of variables of different nature – from the socio-economic to the environmental ones. It may be considered an alternative to the conventional indices, which are normally founded on GDP, and will be applied to the Italian regions. After having standardised each variable so to make them homogeneous, the methodology proposed, which will allow us to gather and compare the Italian regions according to the higher or lower level of quality of life, is the Wroclaw’s Economic School taxonomic method. The results obtained may represent an information tool for targeting and zoning sustainable development measures which aim at improving well-being/quality of life at a local level.
    Date: 2005–12

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