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Title:Life satisfaction and material well-being of children in the UK PDF Logo
Authors:Knies, Gundi
Issue Date:2012
Series/Report no.:ISER Working Paper Series 2012-15
Abstract:Life satisfaction is increasingly recognised as a desirable individual outcome. Policy attention with respect to child well-being has focused on improving the financial position of families with children. Using Understanding Society I show that child life satisfaction is not associated with household income (poverty), or with a set of new material deprivation measures of child poverty, introduced to help target effective policies that make a real difference to children's lives. Those interested in maximizing society's welfare should shift their attention from an emphasis on increasing consumption opportunities for families with children to an emphasis on increasing social contacts.
Subjects:Life satisfaction
Well-being
Happiness
Child Poverty
Material Deprivation
JEL:D01
D31
D61
I14
I30
I31
J13
Document Type:Working Paper
Appears in Collections:ISER Working Paper Series, Institute for Social and Economic Research (ISER), University of Essex

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