Measuring Wellbeing in the SOEP
AbstractI define wellbeing as preference realization. Wellbeing can be measured with affective (the amount of pleasant versus unpleasant experiences) and cognitive (satisfaction with life in general and life domains) measures. Since its inception 25 years ago, the SOEP has included cognitive measures of wellbeing. In 2007, the SOEP included four items (happy, sad, angry, afraid) as an affective measure of wellbeing. This paper examines similarities and differences between cognitive and affective measures of wellbeing. In the end, I propose a wellbeing index that combines information from measures of life satisfaction, average domain satisfaction, and affect balance.
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Bibliographic InfoPaper provided by DIW Berlin, The German Socio-Economic Panel (SOEP) in its series SOEPpapers on Multidisciplinary Panel Data Research with number 145.
Length: 8 p.
Date of creation: 2008
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Publication status: Published in: Schmollers Jahrbuch 129 (2009) No. 1, 241-249
General welfare; quality of life; happiness; wellbeing;
Find related papers by JEL classification:
- I31 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Welfare and Poverty - - - General Welfare
This paper has been announced in the following NEP Reports:
- NEP-ALL-2008-12-07 (All new papers)
- NEP-HAP-2008-12-07 (Economics of Happiness)
- NEP-HPE-2008-12-07 (History & Philosophy of Economics)
- NEP-LTV-2008-12-07 (Unemployment, Inequality & Poverty)
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