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Title:Assessing well-being using hierarchical needs PDF Logo
Authors:Clarke, Matthew
Issue Date:2005
Series/Report no.:Research Paper, UNU-WIDER, United Nations University (UNU) 2005/22
Abstract:Determining whether well-being has improved is an important multidisciplinary task. It is important therefore to develop a multidimensional measure of well-being that reflects a wide spectrum of human needs. A new approach is presented in this paper based on multidimensional hierarchical human needs and motivation. Improving well-being within this multidimensional approach requires progressive satiation of hierarchical needs. Eight indicators have been chosen to reflect these four hierarchical categories. This paper empirically applies this new measure of well-being to eight Southeast Asian countries for the period 1985-2000: Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam. Results for Australia are also provided as a comparative benchmark.
Subjects:well-being
Maslow
Southeast Asia
JEL:I31
O15
O57
ISBN:9291907014
Document Type:Working Paper
Appears in Collections:WIDER Research Papers, United Nations University (UNU)

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