Jobs, Wellbeing, and GDP Make a Powerful Combination

By guest authors Gallup* is a strong believer that many factors beyond income contribute to a good life. That is why the company measures dozens of behavioral economic indicators as part of its World Poll. Gallup has now conducted more than 1 million surveys on more than 100 metrics in 160 countries and areas since [...]

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Gender equality: what’s in a stereotype?

By Julia Laplane Are girls really born with a desire to dress in pink and play with dolls while boys favour blue clothing and prefer to play with cars? And if not, why have these ideas become so ingrained in many countries that they are taken for granted? Advertising clearly plays a key role in influencing the [...]

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Objective vs perceived reality check: Guadalajara

By guest author How can we measure quality of life? The State of the World's Cities 2012/2013: Prosperity of Cities report from the UN-Habitat programme, which focuses on the prosperity of cities, ranks cities according to criteria including environmental sustainability, social equity and inclusion, productivity, [...]

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Well-being goals for all

By Martine Durand, OECD  On October 16, 2012 almost 400,000 babies were born in the world. On that same day, approximately 1000 people from around the world, including economists, statisticians, policy-makers and representatives from business and civil society, met to talk about the future lives of these babies. [...]

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Happiness as a Business Model

By guest author On November 1, 2012 New Jersey and New York were grappling with the devastating effects of super-storm Sandy.  On the same day Bloomberg’s Businessweek magazine published a story with the controversial cover headline “Its Global Warming, Stupid.” The next day, Bloomberg posted another bluntly written [...]

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