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Measuring subjective wellbeing for public policy: recommendations on measures

Dolan, Paul and Metcalfe, Robert (2011) Measuring subjective wellbeing for public policy: recommendations on measures. Centre for Economic Performance special papers, CEPSP23. Centre for Economic Performance, London School of Economics and Political Science, London, UK.

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Abstract

The measurement of wellbeing is central to public policy. There are three uses for any measure: 1) monitoring progress; 2) informing policy design; and 3) policy appraisal. There has been increasing interest in the UK and around the world in using measures of subjective wellbeing (SWB) at each of these levels. There is much less clarity about precisely what measures of SWB should be used. We distinguish between three broad types of SWB measure: 1) evaluation (global assessments); 2) experience (feelings over short periods of time); and 3) 'eudemonic' (reports of purpose and meaning, and worthwhile things in life).

Item Type: Monograph (Technical Report)
Official URL: http://cep.lse.ac.uk/
Library of Congress subject classification: H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare. Criminology
Sets: Departments > Social Policy
Research centres and groups > Centre for Economic Performance (CEP)
Rights: http://www.lse.ac.uk/library/usingTheLibrary/academicSupport/OA/depositYourResearch.aspx
Identification Number: CEPSP23
Date Deposited: 23 Nov 2012 13:45
URL: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/47518/

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