Human Well-being: Concept and Measurement

Hardcover | January 15, 2007

EditorMark McGillivray

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Achieving and sustaining higher levels of human well-being is a core challenge, for individuals, governments and international organizations worldwide. Measures of human well-being levels are an integral part of this process, being increasingly used to monitor and evaluate conditions within and among countries. This book provides insights into how human well-being might be better conceptualized and measured. It identifies and reviews various concepts and measures and provides recommendations for future practice and research.

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Achieving and sustaining higher levels of human well-being is a core challenge, for individuals, governments and international organizations worldwide. Measures of human well-being levels are an integral part of this process, being increasingly used to monitor and evaluate conditions within and among countries. This book provides insig...

MARK MCGILLIVRAY is Senior Research Fellow and Director of the WIDER Measuring Human Well-being project at UNU-WIDER, Finland.
Format:HardcoverDimensions:320 pages, 8.73 × 5.76 × 0.88 inPublished:January 15, 2007Publisher:Palgrave MacmillanLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0230004989

ISBN - 13:9780230004986

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Table of Contents

Human Well-being: Issues, Concepts, and Measures--M.McGillivray * Human Well-being: Concepts and Conceptualizations--D.Gasper * Income-Based Measures of Average Well-being--S.Dowrick * Social and Political Indicators of Human Well-Being--S.Harkness * Composite Indices of Human Well-being: Past, Present, and Future: M.McGillivray & F.Noorbakhsh * Indicators of Inequality and Poverty--S.Subramanian * Gender-related Indicators of Well-being--S.Klasen * Sustainability and Well-being Indicators--E.Neumayer * Subjective Measures of Well-being--R.Veenhoven * Participatory Approaches and the Measurement of Human Well-being--S.White & J.Pettit

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'It has become widely acknowledged that the purpose of development is to improve human well being. But how do we define well being? How do we measure it? This volume is a much needed publication that brings together leading research on addressing these questions. This is an important book for all development professionals.' - Sakiko Fukuda-Parr, Visiting Professor, The New School, New York, and Director and Lead Author, UNDP Human Development Reports 1996-2004