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How's Life ?
Measuring Well-being
OECD
 

Paperback Book (8½ × 11)  :   Pages : 284

2012  Edition   :   ISBN - 978-81-7188-983-9

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ABOUT THE BOOK :

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.



CONTENTS IN DETAIL :

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

Selecting indicators

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

Notes

References

Annex 1.A. Cross-country correlations between different 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

Notes

References

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

Notes

References

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

Notes

References

Chapter 5. Health status

Why does health status matter for well-being?

Measuring health status

Selected indicators

Average patterns

Inequalities

The statistical agenda ahead

Conclusion

Notes

References

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

Notes

References

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

Notes

References

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

Notes

References

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

Notes

References

Annex 9. A Formal and open consultation processes

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

Notes

References

Annex 10. A Measuring environmental sustainability

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

Notes

References

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

Notes

References

       
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