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Measuring well-being

Published Friday, April 27, 2012

How is measurement of well-being or "happiness" being investigated in the UK to complement more traditional measures of progress?

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The UK has joined a growing number of countries in looking at how traditional measures of progress such as GDP can be complemented by subjective measures to assess how people feel. New statistics released in February 2012 show how these measures vary from one area to another and for diffferent social groups. Younger and older people tend to be happier than those in middle age. as are those with partners (married, civil partners or cohabiting). People with children have higher ratings for "worthwhile lives"; those unemployed have lower scores on life satisfaction and these fall the longer the duration of unemployment

Commons Briefing papers SN06311

Author: Richard Cracknell

Topics: Economic situation, Statistics policy

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