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Title:Measuring the quality of life across countries: A sensitivity analysis of well-being indices PDF Logo
Authors:Rahman, Tauhidur
Mittelhammer, Ron C.
Wandscheider, Philip
Issue Date:2005
Series/Report no.:Research Paper, UNU-WIDER, United Nations University (UNU) 2005/06
Abstract:This paper attempts to provide a comprehensive analysis of interrelationships among the determinants of the quality of life (QOL). We show that various measures of well-being are highly sensitive to domains of QOL that are considered in the construction of comparative indices, and how measurable well-being indicators are aggregated and weighted to arrive at composite measures of QOL. We present a picture of conditions among the 43 countries of the world with respect to such interrelated domains of QOL as the relationship with family and friends, emotional well-being, health, work and productivity, material well-being, feeling part of one’s community, personal safety, and the quality of environment. On the basis of Borda rule and the principal components approach, we search for factor-indices that may function as QOL indices across countries. Comparing and analysing well-being conditions among countries in this way aim to facilitate the discovery of problems with government policies impacting QOL.
Subjects:quality of life
domains of quality of life
Borda rule
principal components analysis
well-being indices
JEL:I31
D60
D63
ISBN:9291906735
Document Type:Working Paper
Appears in Collections:WIDER Research Papers, United Nations University (UNU)

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