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Bram Vanhoutte

In: The SAGE Handbook of Aging, Work and Society

Chapter 28: The Measurement of Multiple Dimensions of Subjective Well-Being in Later Life

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The Measurement of Multiple Dimensions of Subjective Well-Being in Later Life
The measurement of multiple dimensions of subjective well-being in later life
BramVanhoutte
Introduction: Why Measure Well-Being?

In the last decades, well-being has received increasing attention from both social scientists and government officials. On an international level, the OECD has included subjective measures in its statistics since the declaration of Istanbul in 2007. Similarly the EU Commission and Eurostat have launched initiatives to capture subjective components of well-being. These developments on the international level have incited national and regional initiatives, among which the most influential are the 2009 French Commission on the Measurement of Economic Performance and Social Progress, headed by Joseph Stiglitz, Amartya Sen and Jean-Paul Fitoussi, and the more recent effort of the UK Office for ...

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