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Measuring the Subjective Well-Being of NationsNational Accounts of Time Use and Well-Being$
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Alan B. Krueger

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780226454566

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: February 2013

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226454573.001.0001

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International Evidence on Well-Being

International Evidence on Well-Being

(p.155) 7 International Evidence on Well-Being
Measuring the Subjective Well-Being of Nations
David G. Blanchflower
University of Chicago Press

This chapter compares the results of evaluated time use to those of more conventional well-being measures, including life satisfaction and happiness. It is observed that many of the findings from evaluated time-use data are replicated in more conventional data on subjective well-being. The evaluated time-use data can be used to understand why some groups are happier than others, that is, some differences in well-being between groups can be traced to differences in time use. The comparable historical and cross-country data on life satisfaction and happiness are valuable even if they are less informative than NTA. Considerable attention is given to exploring national differences in subjective well-being with overall life satisfaction and happiness data. The contrast is also observed between the difference in subjective well-being between France and the United States using the U-index and life satisfaction is suggestive that NTA can help overcome biases in conventional happiness measures.

Keywords:   well-being, life satisfaction, happiness, time-use data, U-index, NTA, subjective well-being

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