Rahman, Tauhidur Mittelhammer, Ron C. Wandscheider, Philip
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Research Paper, UNU-WIDER, United Nations University (UNU) 2005/06
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.
quality of life domains of quality of life Borda rule principal components analysis well-being indices