The Merit Index (Meritometro)
The Merit index is the first attempt to systematically quantify and compare meritocracy level in Europe.
The Forum della Meritocrazia Association (FdM - an Italian nonprofit association aimed to promote meritocracy in Italy) has developed a standardized procedure in order to define and measure the level of meritocracy in a country. An advisory board, composed by academic and professional experts, has identified seven pillars describing merit, as well as some indicators of measurement.
The first version of the Meritometro, published in February 2015, is opened to further contributions. FdM intends to launch a debate to collect useful information to improve the index and to offer to policy makers objective elements of knowledge to improve meritocracy.
This abstract highlights the main features of the Meritometro as well as the methodology followed to implement the index.