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Bayanpourtehrani, Ghazal; Sylwester, Kevin – Social Indicators Research, 2013
This paper empirically examines associations between female labor force participation (FLFP) and democracy. Using a cross-country, time series (1980-2005) data set, we find evidence that FLFP is lower in democracies. One possible explanation is that dictators promote FLFP above what traditional norms would dictate and so a greater freedom to…
Descriptors: Democracy, Labor Force Nonparticipants, Females, Males
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Eckersley, Richard – Social Indicators Research, 2013
A new paper presents a strong case for life satisfaction scales (Diener et al. in "Soc Indic Res," 2012). However, it underestimates two important weaknesses in subjective wellbeing (SWB) measures: the contrast between individual satisfaction and social discontent; and the contradictory evidence on the benefits of personal freedom. This commentary…
Descriptors: Well Being, Life Satisfaction, Measures (Individuals), Freedom
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Romano, Oriana; Ercolano, Salvatore – Social Indicators Research, 2013
This paper advances a composite indicator called urban environmental virtuosity index (UEVI), in order to measure the efforts made by public local bodies in applying an ecosystem approach to urban management. UEVI employs the less exploited process-based selection criteria for representing the original concept of virtuosity, providing makes a…
Descriptors: Ecology, Selection Criteria, Urban Environment, Public Policy
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Hawken, Angela; Munck, Gerardo L. – Social Indicators Research, 2013
The two cross-national indices with gender-differentiated data introduced by the UNDP in 1995, as well as several other such indices developed subsequently, are an important resource for researchers and policy makers interested in gender disparities. Yet questions remain regarding how these indices should be interpreted and how valid they are.…
Descriptors: Gender Differences, Validity, Guidelines, Global Approach
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Stroope, Samuel; Draper, Scott; Whitehead, Andrew L. – Social Indicators Research, 2013
Although prior studies have documented a positive association between religiosity and sense of meaning in life, the role of specific religious beliefs is currently unclear. Past research on images of God suggests that loving images of God will positively correlate with a sense of meaning and purpose. Mechanisms for this hypothesized relationship…
Descriptors: Attachment Behavior, Coping, Friendship, Self Concept
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Binder, Martin – Social Indicators Research, 2013
What are the effects of innovativeness on well-being? This paper argues that research on subjective well-being has progressed to a point where measures of subjective well-being (or: happiness) can usefully be employed to assess the welfare effects of innovative change. Based on a discussion of the prospects and pitfalls associated with subjective…
Descriptors: Well Being, Innovation, Psychological Patterns, Correlation
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Nonnenmacher, Alexandra; Friedrichs, Jurgen – Social Indicators Research, 2013
To explain country differences in an analytical or structural dependent variable, the application of a macro-micro-model containing contextual hypotheses is necessary. Our methodological study examines whether empirical studies apply such a model. We propose that a theoretical base for country differences is well described in multilevel studies,…
Descriptors: Life Satisfaction, Literature Reviews, Journal Articles, Social Indicators
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Pacheco, Gail Anne; Rossouw, Stephanie; Lewer, Joshua – Social Indicators Research, 2013
This paper contributes to the immigration literature by generating two unique non-economic quality of life (QOL) indices and testing their role on recent migration patterns. Applying the generated QOL indices in conjunction with four independent welfare measures to an augmented gravity model of immigration, this paper finds an insignificant…
Descriptors: Quality of Life, Foreign Countries, Immigration, Migration Patterns
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Schuurmans-Stekhoven, James Benjamin – Social Indicators Research, 2013
Numerous studies suggest spirituality and subjective well-being (SWB) are positively associated. However, critics argue that popular spirituality instruments--including the Daily Spiritual Experiences Scale (DSES)--contain items that conflate religiosity/spirituality (R/S), prosociality and SWB. Advocates of the DSES retort that, despite this…
Descriptors: Religious Factors, Well Being, Prosocial Behavior, Measures (Individuals)
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Gandelman, Nestor; Porzecanski, Rafael – Social Indicators Research, 2013
We compute the Gini indexes for income, happiness and various simulated utility levels. Due to decreasing marginal utility of income, happiness inequality should be lower than income inequality. We find that happiness inequality is about half that of income inequality. To compute the utility levels we need to assume values for a key parameter that…
Descriptors: Psychological Patterns, Income, Risk, Disadvantaged
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Einolf, Christopher J. – Social Indicators Research, 2013
This paper examines how the Daily Spiritual Experiences Scale (DSES) relates to range of prosocial behaviors, using a large, nationally representative U.S. data set. It finds that daily spiritual experiences are a statistically and substantively significant predictor of volunteering, charitable giving, and helping individuals one knows personally.…
Descriptors: Prosocial Behavior, Religious Factors, Volunteers, Donors
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Okulicz-Kozaryn, Adam – Social Indicators Research, 2013
I investigate the relationship between the popular Mercer city ranking (livability) and survey data (satisfactions). Livability aims to capture "objective" quality of life such as infrastructure. Survey items capture "subjective" quality of life such as satisfaction with city. The relationship between objective measures of quality of life and…
Descriptors: Quality of Life, Trust (Psychology), Satisfaction, Attitudes
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Goerlich, Francisco J.; Soler, Angel – Social Indicators Research, 2013
This paper proposes an indicator that integrates life expectancy with the demographic structure of the population for a given society. By doing this, we have a simple indicator of mortality and aging combined, which could be very useful for developed societies. As is widely known, life expectancy at birth is independent of the demographic…
Descriptors: Quality of Life, Intervals, Aging (Individuals), Demography
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Ko, Jyh-Jer Roger; Yeh, Ying-Jung Yvonne – Social Indicators Research, 2013
Since the 1980s, many employment relationships in Taiwan have evolved from regular and long-term to contingent and short-term, with widespread downsizing adding a considerable amount of instability. Since these changes are part of a global trend, there is a growing literature concerning their influences on worker attitudes and work life quality.…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Employment Practices, Employment Patterns, Job Satisfaction
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Watson, Alan E. – Social Indicators Research, 2013
A societal decision to protect over 9 million acres of land and water for its wilderness character in the early 1960s reflected US wealth in natural resources, pride in the nation's cultural history and our commitment to the well-being of future generations to both experience wild nature and enjoy benefits flowing from these natural ecosystems.…
Descriptors: Well Being, Ecology, Environmental Education, Natural Resources
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