Estimating Networks of Sustainable Development Goals

Luis Ospina-Forero, Gonzalo Castañeda, Omar Guerrero

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An increasing number of researchers and practitioners advocate for a systemic
understanding of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) through interdependency networks. Ironically, the burgeoning network-estimation literature seems neglected by this community. We provide an introduction to the most suitable estimation methods for SDG networks. Building a dataset with 87 development indicators in four countries over 20 years, we perform a comparative study of these methods. We find important differences
in the estimated network structures as well as in synergies and trade-offs between SDGs. Finally, we provide some guidelines on the potentials and limitations of estimating SDG networks for policy advice.
Original languageEnglish
JournalInformation & Management
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 3 Jul 2020


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