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ERIC Number: EJ938127
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Oct
Pages: 19
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0303-8300
Measuring Well-Being and Progress
D'Acci, Luca
Social Indicators Research, v104 n1 p47-65 Oct 2011
Well-being is becoming a concept which is more and more involved in any world development consideration. A large amount of work is being carried out to study measurements of well-being, including a more holistic vision on the development and welfare of a country. This paper proposes an idea of well-being and progress being in equilibrium with each other. This is distant from the two extreme positions: poor "but" happy, and rich "then" happy; too romantic the first, and reductive the second. After a short explanation on the meaning of Objective and Subjective well-being, we show some interesting relations between economic and social variables, and we propose a new index to measure the well-being and progress of the countries: the "Well-being & Progress Index" (WIP). It includes several aspects of well-being and progress, like human rights, economic well-being, equality, education, research, quality of urban environment, ecological behaviours, subjective well-being, longevity, and violent crime. The most frequently used indexes usually only focus on some aspects, like ecology, or economy, or policy, or education, or happiness, and so forth. On the contrary, this new WIP index allows a global and well-balanced vision, thanks to the large range of indicators used, and how representative they are.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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