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Journal Article
The Happy Farmer: Self-Employment and Subjective Well-Being in Rural Vietnam

Using a unique survey data set this paper documents a positive effect of self-employment in farming on subjective well-being. This direct effect is only partly offset by negative, indirect effects working through income and other variables...

Agriculture Job satisfaction Quality of life
Research Brief
A colonial legacy?: Income inequality in former British African colonies

The presence of European colonial powers in Africa has left a long-lasting legacy that has severely impacted their development trajectories...

Colonies Economic development Equality and inequality
Working Paper
Poverty and Happiness: An Examination of the Factors Influencing Happiness among the Extreme Poor in Rural Ghana

Every person desires some level of inner fulfilment at different stages of life and this could come from a combination of several factors including material and resource acquisition and social prestige...

Poverty Measurement (Poverty) Quality of life
Working Paper
Does Food Insecurity Impact Subjective Evaluation of Well-being?: Evidence From a Developing Country

Understanding the relationship between food insecurity and subjective evaluation of well-being is critical in designing social welfare policies, especially in developing countries. Surprisingly, literature on the topic is scarce...

Food security Quality of life Welfare economics
Blog
Out of the Poverty Trap Through Higher Aspirations?

Why does a mother from a poor African village not send her daughter to school, but instead marries her off to an old man as a second or third wife? This way poverty is inherited from parent to child...

Agricultural laborers Children Field experiments
Working Paper
The Happy Farmer: Self-Employment and Subjective Well-Being in Rural Vietnam

Using survey data from rural Vietnam, this paper documents a statistically significant, positive effect of self-employment in farming on subjective well-being. Wage workers are less happy than farmers across a range of different types of wage jobs...

Agriculture Job satisfaction Quality of life
Blog
From The Editor's Desk (December 2012)

Tony Addison This year has rushed by at speed. For UNU-WIDER it’s been a year of big successes. We will have published some 110 working papers by the end of December, up from 96 in 2011 (go here for the latest list)...

Economic aspects (Economic development) Economic aspects (Environment) Climatic changes
Book
Latin American Urban Development into the 21st Century: Towards a Renewed Perspective on the City

According to UN-Habitat, Latin America is the most urbanized region in the world...

Quality of life Urban economics Urban planning
Book Chapter
Re-thinking the Latin American City

From the book: Latin American Urban Development into the 21st Century

Quality of life Urban economics Urban planning
Book Chapter
Urban Violence, Quality of Life, and the Future of Latin American Cities: The Dismal Record So Far and the Search for New Analytical Frameworks to Sustain the Bias towards Hope

From the book: Latin American Urban Development into the 21st Century

Quality of life Urban economics Urbanization
Book Chapter
Towards a New Research Agenda for 21st Century Latin American Urban Development

From the book: Latin American Urban Development into the 21st Century

Quality of life Urban economics Urban planning
Journal Article
Latin American Urban Development into the Twenty-first Century: Towards a Renewed Perspective on the City

This article argues for a more systemic engagement with Latin American cities, contending that it is necessary to reconsider their unity in order to nuance the ‘fractured cities’ perspective that has widely come to epitomize the contempor...

Quality of life Urban economics Urban planning
Blog
The View from Buenos Aires

Tony Addison A visit to Buenos Aires in September provided a good vantage point to look at the euro zone’s deepening crisis. Angle readers will recall that Argentina went through a painful adjustment process some ten years ago...

Agriculture Depressions Economic development
Working Paper
Latin American Urban Development into the 21st Century: Towards a Renewed Perspective on the City

This paper argues for a more systemic engagement with Latin American cities, contending it is necessary to reconsider their unity in order to nuance the ‘fractured cities’ perspective that has widely come to epitomise the contemporary urb...

Quality of life Urban economics Urban planning
Book Chapter
Income-Based Measures of Average Well-being

From the book: Human Well-being

Comparative economics Income Index numbers (Economics)
Book Chapter
Composite Indices of Human Well-being: Past, Present, and Future

From the book: Human Well-being

Economic development Index numbers (Economics) Measurement (Poverty)
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