Measuring Human Well-being: Key Findings and Policy Lessons

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  • INSTITUTE:
    UNU-WIDER
    PUBLISHER:
    United Nations University Press
    VOLUME:
    Policy Brief No. 3, 2007
    TITLE:
    Measuring Human Well-being: Key Findings and Policy Lessons
    AUTHORS:
    by David Clark and Mark McGillivray
    PUB DATE:
    2007•03•27
    ISSN WEB:
    1814-8026
    ISBN 13:
    978-92-808-3037-8
    COPYRIGHT:
    United Nations University
    COPYRIGHT YEAR:
    2007

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    This Policy Brief is an outcome of the UNU-WIDER research project ‘Social Development Indicators’. The overall aim of the project was to provide insights into how human well-being might be better conceptualized and, in particular, measured, by reviewing various concepts and measures and then offering recommendations for future practice and research. This Policy Brief outlines a contextual background to the project, by introducing some key concepts and measures used in assessing achieved well-being, especially at the national level. Highlighted are some of the best known and most widely used well-being measures. The Policy Brief then provides an overview of the five edited volumes that have emerged from the project, summarizing some of the main conclusions.