Subjective Well-Being: Concepts and Measurements. Siobhan McAndrew Institute for Social Change University of Manchester. Objective. In scope Introduction to concepts, measurement issues, main findings Discussion of what we know Work still to be done
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Institute for Social Change
University of Manchester
Out of scope
Herbert Simon: We are boundedly rational and use heuristics to make decisions
Kahneman and Tversky: Prospect Theory (losses weigh more than gains)
US General Social Survey
World Values Survey
European Social Survey
British Household Panel Study
UK Sustainable Development Indicators
Gallup polls archive
‘all of the various types of evaluations, both positive and negative, that people make of their lives...
reflective cognitive evaluations, such as life satisfaction and work satisfaction, interest and engagement
and affective reactions to life events, such as joy and sadness.
Thus, SWB is an umbrella term for the different valuations people make regarding their lives, the events happening to them, their bodies and minds, and the circumstances in which they live’.
Ed Diener, 2005
Adjusted for ‘ecological footprint’ (global hectares per capita). For full set, UK ranks 74 out of 173.
Life Satisfaction in 91 nations, 1995-2005, and log GDP per capita, 2005