A multivariate methodology to uncover regional disparities: A contribution to improve European Union and governmental decisions

@article{Soares2003AMM,
  title={A multivariate methodology to uncover regional disparities: A contribution to improve European Union and governmental decisions},
  author={Jo{\~a}o Oliveira Soares and Maria Manuela Lourenço Marqu{\^e}s and Carlos Manuel Ferreira Monteiro},
  journal={European Journal of Operational Research},
  year={2003},
  volume={145},
  pages={121-135}
}
The aim of this paper is to present a new methodology to classify the levels of socio-economic development of a country s territory, in order to support regional development policy. This classification is obtained through the use of multivariate statistical methods – factor and cluster analysis, and is based on a wide number of demographic, economic, health, education, employment and culture indicators. The Portuguese continental territory is used as the working example. Results lead to the… CONTINUE READING
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