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UNU-WIDER Measuring Human Well-being: Key Findings and Policy Lessons

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Measuring Human Well-being: Key Findings and Policy Lessons

This Policy Brief is an outcome of the UNU-WIDER research project 'Social Development Indicators'. The overall aim of the project was to provide insights into how human well-being might be better conceptualized and, in particular, measured, by reviewing various concepts and measures and then offering recommendations for future practice and research. This Policy Brief outlines a contextual background to the project, by introducing some key concepts and measures used in assessing achieved well-being, especially at the national level. Highlighted are some of the best known and most widely used well-being measures. The Policy Brief then provides an overview of the five edited volumes that have emerged from the project, summarizing some of the main conclusions.
Publisher:
UNU-WIDER
Series:
UNU Policy Brief
Volume:
03/2007
Title:
Measuring Human Well-being: Key Findings and Policy Lessons
Authors:
David Clark and Mark McGillivray
Publication date:
June 2007
ISSN Web:
1814-8026
ISBN 13 Print:
9789280830361
ISBN 13 Web:
9789280830378
Copyright holder:
© UNU
Copyright year:
2007
Keywords:
well-being, happiness, gender; environment, measurement, capabilities, poverty, inequality
JEL:
D63, I32
Project:
Social Development Indicators - Measuring Human Well-being
Sponsor:
The governments of Denmark (Royal Ministry of Foreign Affairs), Finland (Ministry for Foreign Affairs), Norway (Royal Ministry of Foreign Affairs), Sweden (Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency-Sida) and the United Kingdom (Department for International Development).
Format:
online and printed copies
 
Licensed under the Creative Commons Deed "Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 2.5"

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