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Human Well-Being
Concept and Measurement
Edited by Mark McGillivray
 
 
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28 Nov 2006
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Human well-being is a core global issue. Achieving and sustaining higher levels of well-being is challenge for individual citizens, governments and international organisations world-wide. Measures of human well-being levels are an integral part of this process, being used increasingly to monitor and evaluate conditions within and among countries. Not only has the number of indicators of human well-being increased appreciably in recent years, but demands that they capture more fully progress in the various dimensions of human well-being have also increased. A key demand is that these indicators need to more fully capture the non-economic dimensions of well-being. This book provides insights into how human well-being might be better measured, by undertaking conceptual and empirical research into the assessment of achieved human well-being. It does this by taking stock of and reviewing various concepts and measures and providing recommendations for future practice and research.


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Human well-being is a core global issue. Achieving and sustaining higher levels of well-being is challenge for individual citizens, governments and international organisations world-wide. Measures of human well-being levels are an integral part of this process, being used increasingly to monitor and evaluate conditions within and among countries. Not only has the number of indicators of human well-being increased appreciably in recent years, but demands that they capture more fully progress in the various dimensions of human well-being have also increased. A key demand is that these indicators need to more fully capture the non-economic dimensions of well-being. This book provides insights into how human well-being might be better measured, by undertaking conceptual and empirical research into the assessment of achieved human well-being. It does this by taking stock of and reviewing various concepts and measures and providing recommendations for future practice and research.


Reviews


'It has become widely acknowledged that the purpose of development is to improve human well being. But how do we define well being? How do we measure it? This volume is a much needed publication that brings together leading research on addressing these questions. This is an important book for all development professionals.' - Sakiko Fukuda-Parr, Visiting Professor, The New School, New York, and Director and Lead Author, UNDP Human Development Reports 1996-2004

'This volume extends WIDER's outstanding tradition of publishing cutting edge work on the quality of life. Mark McGillivray has done a fine job of bringing together new work by leading figures in the field. Anyone interested in research in this area should consult and learn from this book.' - Mozzafer Qizilbash, Professor of Politics, Economics and Philosophy, University of York

'The authors of this much-needed book critically consolidate current literature on well-being measurement, propose new dimensions and measures, and articulate the need for more and better international data. The project of shaping indicators and processes to reflect wider horizons of human aspiration is of pivotal importance in development, and the book provides a tremendously solid yet creative contribution to it.' - Sabina Alkire, Director, Oxford Poverty and Human Development Initiative, Department of International Development, University of Oxford

'Cross-country comparisons of human development and well-being are both common and controversial. This comprehensive review of alternative ways of measuring human well-being at the level of nations is therefore timely and welcome. The whole range of different conceptualizations as well as data constraints and measurement techniques are discussed. The authors both define the research frontier and suggest ways forward for future research. This study is also very useful for all the users of the various well-being indicators available today.' - Arne Bigsten, Professor of Development Economics, Göteborg University
 
'...a sound compilation and evaluation of current concepts and measurements of human well-being, indicating not only the huge variety of approaches, but also the difficulties and limitations attached.' - Tina Beuchelt and Manfred Zeller, Quarterly Journal of International Agriculture


Contents

Human Well-being: Issues, Concepts, and Measures; M.McGillivray
Human Well-being: Concepts and Conceptualizations; D.Gasper
Income-Based Measures of Average Well-being; S.Dowrick
Social and Political Indicators of Human Well-Being; S.Harkness
Composite Indices of Human Well-being: Past, Present, and Future: M.McGillivray & F.Noorbakhsh
Indicators of Inequality and Poverty; S.Subramanian
Gender-related Indicators of Well-being; S.Klasen
Sustainability and Well-being Indicators; E.Neumayer
Subjective Measures of Well-being; R.Veenhoven
Participatory Approaches and the Measurement of Human Well-being; S.White & J.Pettit


Authors

MARK MCGILLIVRAY is Senior Research Fellow at the World Institute for Development Economics Research of the United Nations University in Helsinki, Finland, and an Inaugural Fellow of the Human Development and Capabilities Association. As a Development Economist, he conducts research on development aid effectiveness, aid allocation and inter-country well-being.