Notes

  • 1. During the 1990s there was an average of less than five articles on happiness or related subjects each year in the journals covered by the Econlit database. By 2008 this had risen to over fifty.
  • 2. Report by the Commission on the Measurement of Economic Performance and Social Progress, Stiglitz, J.E., A. Sen and J.P. Fitoussi, 2009, p. 216.
  • 3. The European Union Statistics on Income and Living Conditions (EU-SILC) is an instrument aimed at collecting timely and comparable cross-sectional and longitudinal data on income, poverty, social exclusion and living conditions. It is run in all European Union countries and some outside the EU, including Turkey, Norway, Iceland, Croatia, Serbia and Switzerland.
  • 4. The term “eudaimonic” derives from the Greek word eudaimonia, which Aristotle used to refer to the “good” life. Eudaimonia implies a broader range of concerns than just “happiness”. While Aristotle argues that happiness is necessary for eudaimonia, he believes it is not sufficient. Modern conceptions of eudaimonic well-being, although differing from Aristotle in the detail, focus on subjective well-being perceived more broadly than simply one’s evaluation of life or affective state.

OECD Guidelines on Measuring SubjectiveWell-being © OECD 2013

 
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