How to measure happiness and why it matters

  On the International Day of Happiness, 20 March 2013 the OECD released a detailed set of Guidelines on Measuring Subjective Well-being. This is essentially a handbook for statisticians involved in collecting and publishing information on subjective well-being (measures of life satisfaction, happiness, and similar [...]

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Valuing Relationships

By Katherine Scrivens, OECD  Relationships matter for individuals and society – but how can we measure their value?   Humans are social creatures. Beyond the immediate pleasure we get from being with others,  the quality of our social relationships is one of the most important factors shaping well-being [...]

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Invisible Women: Making Women Count

As part of the Wikiprogress on Gender Equality series, this progblog article is bought to you by Angela Hariche and Karen Barnes Robinson.  They graduated together five years ago, and took a job in the same firm in the same city. Three years later, he can afford a down payment on a house and she cannot.   Her [...]

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Homo Economicus

By Julia Laplane, OECD "No man is an island entire of itself” – but what does this mean today, in the 21st century, with our competitive economies and virtual reality societies? We know that GDP is flawed as a measure of how happy people really are. Many of our societies tend to be unhappier today than they were 50 [...]

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You spoke, we listened

Since the Australian Bureau of Statistics first published Measures of Australia's Progress (MAP) in 2002, it has been bringing together a large range of statistics about Australia’s society, economy and environment to help give an insight into our national progress and ask the question - 'Is life in Australia getting [...]

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