INDEX - An index of socio-economic status
Many of the concepts social scientists study are quite complex and cannot adequately be measured by a single indicator. In these cases researchers develop several indicators and in some case will give different weights to each indicator. This combination of indicators and weights is an index. Socioeconomic status is difficult to measure and typically the indicators of income, occupation and education are used.
If occupation is seen as more central it may be given more weight. An index of socio-economic status is developed based on income, education, and occupation. An index of socio-economic status was modelled as a linear combination of parents' education, previous and present family social class based on fathers' occupation.
We undertook an ecological study to investigate differences in coronary heart disease mortality within Nottingham health authority, England, to establish whether coronary mortality varied according to socio-economic status, and how mortality rates changed over a decade. An index of socio-economic status was developed from Census variables.
Development of a
Socio-Economic-Status Index Using United States Census Data.
Creating and Validating an
Index of Socioeconomic Status
Some examples of usage of index of socio-economic status: