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Life Satisfaction

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Abstract:

Subjective measures of life satisfaction assess the extent to which individuals evaluate favourably the overall quality of their life. Data are gathered through surveys that ask respondents "how satisfied" they are with their lives in general (and in specific domains), with respondent rating satisfaction on a scale of 1 to 10 (from lowest to highest levels of satisfaction). The indicator used in this section is the share of respondents that report a lifesatisfaction score equal or higher than seven. The focus is on how life‐satisfaction scores differ across groups of individuals (by gender, age, education, employment status, marital status and income) as well as on how the average score for each country correlates to a range of other social and economic outcomes.

Document Type: Review Article

Publication date: 2007-02-01

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