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Subjective Questions to Measure Welfare and Well-being

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  • Ada Ferrer-i-Carbonell

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    (SEO, Amsterdam Economics, Faculty of Economics and Econometrics,University of Amsterdam)

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This paper provides arguments in favor of using subjective questions as a proxy to measure welfare and well-being. This approach makes it possible to avoid having to define welfare and well-being means and having to identify the relevant indicators. Instead, individuals themselves define their level of welfare and well-being. For a meaningful analysis of subjective questions, two main assumptions are needed: namely, that individuals are able to evaluate their own situation, and that responses among individuals can be compared. Both assumptions are discussed here. Next, empirical studies that use subjective questions are surveyed. This offers a fIrst approximation of the structure of individual well-being and preferences. Finally, four areas of application are identified, along with a short survey of relevant studies.

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Paper provided by Tinbergen Institute in its series Tinbergen Institute Discussion Papers with number 02-020/3.

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Keywords: Preferences; Satisfaction; Welfare measurement; Well-being measurement;

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  1. Ekaterina Kalugina & Natalia Radtchenko & Catherine Sofer, 2008. "Une analyse du partage intrafamilial du revenu à partir de données subjectives," Université Paris1 Panthéon-Sorbonne (Post-Print and Working Papers) halshs-00193481, HAL.
  2. Ada Ferrer-i-Carbonell, 2002. "Income and Well-being," Tinbergen Institute Discussion Papers 02-019/3, Tinbergen Institute.

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