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Well-Being for Public Policy

Ed Diener, Richard Lucas, Ulrich Schimmack, and John Helliwell


The case is made for implementing national accounts of well-being to help policy makers and individuals make better decisions. Well-being is defined as people's evaluations of their lives, including concepts such as life satisfaction and happiness, and is similar to the concept of “utility” in economics. Measures of well-being in organizations, states, and nations can provide people with useful information. Importantly, accounts of well-being can help decision makers in business and government formulate better policies and regulations in order to enhance societal quality of life. Decision make ... More

Keywords: economic indicators, economic policy, happiness, life satisfaction, policy, quality of life, social indicators, utility, well-being

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2009 Print ISBN-13: 9780195334074
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2010 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195334074.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Ed Diener, author
University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign

Richard Lucas, author
Michigan State University

Ulrich Schimmack, author
University of Toronto