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How's Life?
Measuring Well-being
OECD Publishing , Publication date:  19 Oct 2011
Pages: 284 , Language: English
Version: Print (Paperback) + PDF
ISBN: 9789264111615 , OECD Code: 302011061P1
Price:   €35 | $49 | £31 | ¥4500 | MXN630 , Standard shipping included!
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Other languages:  Japanese (Distributed by another publisher) Chinese (Distributed by another publisher) French (Available (Print on Demand))
Superseded by: How's Life? 2013 - Measuring Well-being - (Available)
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Every person aspires to a good life. But what does “a good or a better life” mean? This report looks at the most important aspects that shape people’s lives and well-being: income, jobs, housing, health, work and life-balance, education, social connections, civic engagement and governance, environment, personal security and subjective well-being. It paints a comprehensive picture of well-being in OECD countries and other major economies, by looking at people’s material living conditions and quality of life across the population. The report responds to the needs of citizens for better information on well-being and of policy makers to give a more accurate picture of societal progress.

The report finds that well-being has increased on average over the past fifteen years: people are richer and more likely to be employed; they enjoy better housing conditions and are exposed to lower air pollution; they live longer and are more educated; they are also exposed to fewer crimes. But differences across countries are large. Furthermore, some groups of the population, particularly less educated and low-income people, tend to fare systematically worse in all dimensions of well-being considered in this report: for instance they live shorter lives and report greater health problems; their children obtain worse school results; they participate less in political activities; they can rely on lower social networks in case of needs; they are more exposed to crime and pollution; they tend to be less satisfied with their life as a whole than more educated and higher-income people.

How’s Life? is part of the OECD Better Life Initiative, launched by the Organization on the occasion of its 50th Anniversary. The OECD Better Life Initiative aims to promote “Better Policies for Better Lives”, in line with the OECD’s overarching mission. One of the other pillars of the OECD Better Life Initiative is the Your Better Life Index (www.oecdbetterlifeindex.org), an interactive composite index of well-being that aims at involving citizens in the debate on societal progress.


Table of contents:

Foreword
Acknowledgements
Reader's guide
Chapter 1. Overview
-Introduction: In quest of better lives
-Where do we come from: GDP and beyond
-A framework for  measuring well-being
-Main findings of How's Life?
-Well-being across different groups of the population
-Better policies for better lives: how better measures of well-being may inform policy-making
-The statistical agenda ahead
-Conclusion
-Annex 1.A. Cross-country correlations between well-being indicators
Chapter 2. Income and wealth
-Why do income and wealth matter for well-being?
-Measuring income and wealth
-Selected indicators
-Average patterns
-Inequalities
-The statistical agenda ahead
-Conclusion
Chapter 3. Jobs and Earnings
-Why do jobs and earnings matter for well-being?
-Measuring jobs and earnings
-Selected indicators
-Average patterns
-Inequalities
-The statistical agenda ahead
-Conclusion
Chapter 4. Housing conditions
-Why do housing conditions matter for well-being?
-Measuring housing conditions
-Selected indicators
-Average patterns
-Inequalities
-The statistical agenda ahead
-Conclusion
Chapter 5. Health status
-Why does health matter for well-being?
-Measuring health status
-Selected indicators
-Average patterns
-Inequalities
-The statistical agenda ahead
-Conclusion
Chapter 6. Work-Life balance
-Why does work-life balance matter for well-being
-Measuring work and life balance
-Selected indicators
-Average patterns
-Inequalities
-The statistical agenda ahead
-Conclusion
Chapter 7. Education and skills
-Why do education and skills matter for well-being?
-Measuring education and skills
-Selected indicators
-Average patterns
-Inequalities
-The statistical agenda ahead
-Conclusion
Chapter 8. Social connections
-Why do social connections matter for well-being?
-Measuring social connections
-Selected indicators
-Average patterns
-Inequalities
-The statistical agenda ahead
-Conclusion
Chapter 9. Civic engagement and governance
-Why do civic engagement and governance matter for well-being?
-Measuring civic engagement and governance
-Selected indicators
-Average patterns
-Inequalities
-The statistical agenda ahead
-Conclusion
Chapter 10. Environmental Quality
-Why does environmental quality matter for well-being?
-Measuring environmental quality
-Selected indicators
-Average patterns
-Inequalities
-The statistical agenda ahead
-Conclusion
Chapter 11. Personal security
-Why does personal security matter for well-being?
-Measuring personal security
-Selected indicators
-Average patterns
-Inequalities
-The statistical agenda ahead
-Conclusion
Chapter 12. Subjective well-being
-Why does subjective well-being matter?
-Measuring subjective well-being
-Selected indicators
-Average patterns
-Inequalities
-The statistical agenda ahead
-Conclusion




 

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