Social Indicators: Theory and Applications

Social Indicators: Theory and Applications

Course description

This course aims to give a broad overview of some of the most popular indicators used in social science research, both from a theoretical and a practical perspective. It will span through a variegated set of topics, including indicators of economic inequality and poverty, composite indices of well-being, human development, segregation, polarization, gender inequality and health inequality.


  • Introduction and motivation
  • Theoretical foundations
  • Inequality and poverty
  • Polarization and segregation
  • Gender inequality
  • Composite indices

Learning Highlights

Students will learn the foundations about how to define and construct social indicators. Students will be encouraged to construct their own measures from the tools and ideas taught in the course. It is thus expected that students have some basic programming skills or experience in manipulating datasets.

Target audience

The course will be useful to undergraduate, Master and PhD students working in any area of the social sciences (preferably using quantitative methods or approaches), like Demography, Sociology, Economics, Political Science or Environmental Science.

Required training or equipment

It is expected that students have some basic quantitative skills (e.g., basic knowledge in mathematics and statistics).

Students must bring their own laptop to solve the suggested exercises.


Iñaki Permanyer

Iñaki is an ICREA Research Professor and Head of the Health and Ageing unit at the Centre d’Estudis Demogràfics. He has a long experience in the study and design of social indicators, which he has applied in several areas of the social sciences

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Social Indicators: Theory and Applications


21 May 2024 - 23 May 2024

Registration deadline

21 Mar 2024


Tuesday to Thursday from 10 to 14 hs


In person only




300 €



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