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An Assessment of Life Satisfaction Responses on Recent Statistics Canada Surveys

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  • Helliwell, John F.
  • Bonikowska, Aneta

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Measures of subjective well-being are increasingly prominent in international policy discussions about how best to measure "societal progress" and the well-being of national populations. This has implications for national statistical offices, as calls have been made for them to include measures of subjective well-being in their household surveys (Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development 2013). Statistics Canada has included measures of subjective well-being - particularly life satisfaction - in its surveys for twenty-five years, although the wording of these questions and the response categories have evolved over time. Statistics Canada's General Social Survey (GSS) and Canadian Community Health Survey (CCHS) offer a valuable opportunity to examine the stability of life satisfaction responses and their correlates from year to year using a consistent analytical framework.

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Paper provided by Statistics Canada, Analytical Studies Branch in its series Analytical Studies Branch Research Paper Series with number 2013351e.

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Date of creation: 11 Oct 2013
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Handle: RePEc:stc:stcp3e:2013351e

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Keywords: Health; Mental health and well-being; Quality assurance; Statistical methods;

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    by maximorossi in NEP-LTV blog on 2013-11-13 18:15:20

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