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The Social Health of the Nation: How America is Really Doing


  • Miringoff, Marc L.

    (Fordam University)

  • Miringoff, Marque-Luisa

    (Vassar College)


Rejecting the notion that economic indicators are the only valid measures of progress in the United States, the authors offer a fuller and deeper view of the quality of life in the United States, presenting reliable information on such factors as the well being of America's youth, accessibility of health care, the quality of education, and the adequacy of housing. The book will include initial publication of this year's Index of Social Health, developed ;by the authors, which has been a nationally covered media event for the past twelve years. Drawing on a grant from the Ford Foundation, the authors convened a twenty-five member team, taken from the media, universities, and government, including economists, sociologists, psychologists, and physicians. With the asssistance of this working group, the authors developed this nine chapter book, providing the most up-to-date information available on improving, shifting, and worsening social performance in the United States.

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  • Miringoff, Marc L. & Miringoff, Marque-Luisa, 1999. "The Social Health of the Nation: How America is Really Doing," OUP Catalogue, Oxford University Press, number 9780195133493.
  • Handle: RePEc:oxp:obooks:9780195133493

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    1. Rahman, Tauhidur & Mittelhammer, Ron C. & Wandschneider, Philip R., 2011. "Measuring quality of life across countries: A multiple indicators and multiple causes approach," Journal of Behavioral and Experimental Economics (formerly The Journal of Socio-Economics), Elsevier, vol. 40(1), pages 43-52, February.
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    7. Florence Jany-Catrice, 2009. "The French Regions and Their Social Health," Social Indicators Research: An International and Interdisciplinary Journal for Quality-of-Life Measurement, Springer, vol. 93(2), pages 377-391, September.
    8. Michael Hagerty & Robert Cummins & Abbott Ferriss & Kenneth Land & Alex Michalos & Mark Peterson & Andrew Sharpe & Joseph Sirgy & Joachim Vogel, 2001. "Quality of Life Indexes for National Policy: Review and Agenda for Research," Social Indicators Research: An International and Interdisciplinary Journal for Quality-of-Life Measurement, Springer, vol. 55(1), pages 1-96, July.
    9. J. Kevin Summers & Lisa M. Smith & Linda C. Harwell & Jason L. Case & Christina M. Wade & Kendra R. Straub & Heather M. Smith, 2014. "An Index of Human Well-Being for the U.S.: A TRIO Approach," Sustainability, MDPI, Open Access Journal, vol. 6(6), pages 1-21, June.
    10. Rahman, Tauhidur & Mittelhammer, Ronald C. & Wandschneider, Philip R., 2003. "A Sensitivity Analysis Of Quality Of Life Indices Across Countries," 2003 Annual meeting, July 27-30, Montreal, Canada 22045, American Agricultural Economics Association (New Name 2008: Agricultural and Applied Economics Association).
    11. Florence Jany-Catrice & Dominique Méda, 2013. "Well-being and the Wealth of Nations: How are They to Be Defined?," Review of Political Economy, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 25(3), pages 444-460, July.
    12. Rahman, Tauhidur & Mittelhammer, Ron C. & Wandschneider, Philip, 2005. "Measuring the Quality of Life across Countries: A Sensitivity Analysis of Well-being Indices," WIDER Working Paper Series 006, World Institute for Development Economic Research (UNU-WIDER).
    13. Christopher J. Koroneos & Dimitri Rokos, 2012. "Sustainable and Integrated Development—A Critical Analysis," Sustainability, MDPI, Open Access Journal, vol. 4(1), pages 1-13, January.
    14. Daniel Fusfeld, 2001. "Review Essay on Economics for the Common Good," Review of Social Economy, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 59(1), pages 93-101.

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