Well-Being for Public Policy

Hardcover | May 1, 2009

byEd Diener, Richard Lucas, Ulrich Schimmack

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In this volume, the authors explain the reasons why subjective indicators of well-being are needed. They describe how these indicators can offer useful input and provide examples of policy uses of well-being measures. They describe the validity of the subjective well-being measures as well aspotential problems. The authors then delve into objections to the use of subjective well-being indicators for policy purposes and discuss why these objections are not warranted. Finally, they describe the measures that are currently in use and the types of measures that are most likely to bevaluable in the policy domain. The volume will be of interest to researchers in psychology and economics.

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In this volume, the authors explain the reasons why subjective indicators of well-being are needed. They describe how these indicators can offer useful input and provide examples of policy uses of well-being measures. They describe the validity of the subjective well-being measures as well aspotential problems. The authors then delve i...

Ed Diener is Professor Emeritus at the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign. Richard Lucas is Associate Professor of Psychology at Michigan State University. Ulrich Schimmack is Professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of Toronto.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:256 pages, 6.1 × 9.29 × 0.98 inPublished:May 1, 2009Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Section I: Measuring well-being for public policy1. Introduction2. Defining well-beingSection II: How well-being adds information3. Limitations of economic and social indicators4. Contributions of well-being measures5. The well-being measures are valid6. Issues regarding using well-being for policy7. The Desirability of well-being as a guide for policySection III: Examples of policy uses of well-being measures8. Health and well-being: Policy examples9. The environment and well-being: Policy examples10. Work, the economy, and well-being: Policy examples11. The social context of well-being: Policy examplesSection IV: Implementing the measures12. Existing surveys13. ConclusionsReferencesIndex