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Who’s miserable now? Identifying clusters of people with the lowest subjective wellbeing in the UK

Dolan, Paul, Laffan, Kate and Velias, Alina (2022) Who’s miserable now? Identifying clusters of people with the lowest subjective wellbeing in the UK. Social Choice and Welfare, 58 (4). 679 - 710. ISSN 0176-1714

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Identification Number: 10.1007/s00355-021-01365-4


Policymakers are generally most concerned about improving the lives of the worst-off members of society. Identifying these people can be challenging. We take various measures of subjective wellbeing (SWB) as indicators of the how well people are doing in life and employ Latent Class Analysis to identify those with greatest propensity to be among the worst-off in a nationally representative sample of over 215,000 people in the United Kingdom. Our results have important implications for how best to analyse data on SWB and who to target when looking to improve the lives of those with the lowest SWB (The authors owe a massive debt of gratitude to the Office for National Statistics for their support throughout this research. We are particularly grateful to Dawn Snape and Eleanor Rees for their valuable comments on earlier drafts of this paper, to Salah Mehad for the thorough review of methodology, and to Vahe Nafilyan for advice on clustering analysis. We also thank the anonymous reviewers for the very helpful comments. Thank you all very much.).

Item Type: Article
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Additional Information: © 2021 The Authors
Divisions: Psychological and Behavioural Science
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
Date Deposited: 11 Mar 2022 14:42
Last Modified: 19 May 2022 13:33

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