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Territorial analysis of social welfare in Iran

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  09 March 2020

Seyed Hossein Mohaqeqi Kamal*
Department of Social Welfare Management, University of Social Welfare and Rehabilitation Sciences, Tehran, Iran
Hassan Rafiey
Department of Social Welfare Management, University of Social Welfare and Rehabilitation Sciences, Tehran, Iran
Homeira Sajjadi
Social Determinant of Health Research Center, University of Social Welfare and Rehabilitation Sciences, Tehran, Iran
Mehdi Rahgozar
Department of Biostatistics, University of Social Welfare and Rehabilitation Sciences, Tehran, Iran
Ezatollah Abbasian
Department of Economics, Bu Ali Sina University, Hamedan, Iran
Maryam Sharifian Sani
Department of Social Welfare Management, University of Social Welfare and Rehabilitation Sciences, Tehran, Iran
*Corresponding author. Email:


The last few decades have seen increased theoretical and empirical interest in multi-dimensional measures of social welfare. The objective of this paper is to measure social welfare in Iranian provinces. To achieve this, we used a composite social welfare index (SWI) for Iran. The SWI was developed through the methodology of constructing composite indicators. The index comprises information on different social indicators from various life domains, including: health, education, economy, social security, housing, and employment. We then categorized Iranian provinces on the basis of SWI scores. The results show that value of the SWI was poor in provinces located in the periphery of the country. Furthermore, we found the best and worst performances in Yazd and Sistan and Balochestan, respectively.

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