International Evidence on Well-Being

Edited by David G. Blanchflower

in Measuring the Subjective Well-Being of Nations

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print December 2009 | ISBN: 9780226454566
Published online February 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226454573 | DOI:
International Evidence on Well-Being

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This chapter compares the results of evaluated time use to those of more conventional well-being measures, including life satisfaction and happiness. It is observed that many of the findings from evaluated time-use data are replicated in more conventional data on subjective well-being. The evaluated time-use data can be used to understand why some groups are happier than others, that is, some differences in well-being between groups can be traced to differences in time use. The comparable historical and cross-country data on life satisfaction and happiness are valuable even if they are less informative than NTA. Considerable attention is given to exploring national differences in subjective well-being with overall life satisfaction and happiness data. The contrast is also observed between the difference in subjective well-being between France and the United States using the U-index and life satisfaction is suggestive that NTA can help overcome biases in conventional happiness measures.

Keywords: well-being; life satisfaction; happiness; time-use data; U-index; NTA; subjective well-being

Chapter.  27420 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Econometrics and Mathematical Economics

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