Well-Being Library

A collection of documents, compiled by the ALICE RAP scientists, on well-being research and policy initiatives. If you would like to add a document to this library, please write with the reference or document itself to fmbooth@clinic.ub.es.

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World Happiness Report World Happiness Report

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Date added: 05/10/2012
Date modified: 06/14/2012
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Edited by John Helliwell, Richard Layard and Jeffrey Sachs

Now we face a set of real choices. Should the world pursue GNP to the point of environmental ruin, even when incremental gains in GNP are not increasing much (or at all) the happiness of affluent societies? Should we crave higher personal incomes at the cost of community and social trust? Should our governments spend even a tiny fraction of the $500 billion or so spent on advertising each year to help individuals and families to understand better their own motivations, wants, and needs as consumers?

Initial investigation into subjective well-being from the opinions survey Initial investigation into subjective well-being from the opinions survey

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Date added: 05/10/2012
Date modified: 05/10/2012
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Author: Office for National Statistics (ONS)

To measure national well-being it is important not just to rely on traditional indicators of economic progress, but also to collect information from people themselves about how they assess their own well-being. Individual or subjective well-being estimates are an important addition to existing official statistics and this research report presents experimental statistics from the ONS Opinions Survey (OPN) looking at the levels of subjective well-being in the British population during April to August 2011.

How's life? How's life?

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Date added: 05/10/2012
Date modified: 06/15/2012
Filesize: 4.68 MB
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Author: OECD

"How’s Life?" is a first attempt at the international level to present the best set of comparable and comprehensive well-being indicators for advanced and emerging economies. These indicators feed into Your Better Life Index, the OECD's new interactive web-based tool that allows users to choose the weights they wish to attach to various dimensions of life according to their own preferences and to compare overall well-being across countries. Based on the experience of almost ten years of leading the reflection on better ways to measure progress, the OECD has identified key topics which are essential to well-being in terms of material living conditions (housing, income, jobs) and quality of life (community, education, environment, governance, health, life satisfaction, safety and work-life balance).

Compendium of OECD well-being indicators Compendium of OECD well-being indicators

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Date added: 05/10/2012
Date modified: 05/14/2012
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Author: OECD

In recent years, concerns have emerged regarding the fact that macro-economic statistics did not portray the right image of what ordinary people perceived about the state of their own lives. Addressing these concerns is crucial, not just for the credibility and accountability of public policies, but for the very functioning of our democracies. The OECD has been leading the international reflection on this challenge through various projects and initiatives.
The publication of a set of well-being indicators for developed and selected emerging economies is an important new contribution to this debate.

In recent years, concerns have emerged regarding the fact that macro-economic statistics did not portray the right image of what ordinary people perceived about the state of their own lives. Addressing these concerns is crucial, not just for the credibility and accountability of public policies, but for the very functioning of our democracies.

The OECD has been leading the international reflection on this challenge through various projects1 and initiatives. In 2004, it held its first World Forum on „Statistics, Knowledge and Policies‟ in Palermo. Two more Forums took place in Istanbul in 2007, which led to the launch of the OECD-hosted Global Project on Measuring the Progress of Societies, and in Busan in 2009. Thanks to these and other efforts undertaken in the international community, measuring well-being and progress is now at the forefront of national and international statistical and political agendas (Box 1). This agenda is not relevant for developed countries only as improving people‟s well-being is a goal for every government in the world.

1 OECD, 2001; Boarini et al., 2006.

The OECD is preparing an important new contribution to this debate, with the publication of a set of well-being indicators for developed and selected emerging economies.

Measuring our progress Measuring our progress

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Date added: 05/10/2012
Date modified: 10/21/2014
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Author: The Centre for Well-being, nef

In November 2010, the UK Prime Minister asked the British Office for National Statistics to initiate a debate on national well-being and to start to measure it. If this is done well, the result will make a real difference to people's lives. This report by nef (the economics new fountation) looks at what is needed.