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Quality of life indexes for national policy: review and agenda for research

Hagerty, Michael R., Cummins, Robert, Ferriss, Abbott L., Land, Kenneth, Michalos, Alex C., Peterson, Mark, Sharpe, Andrew, Sirgy, Joseph and Vogel, Joachim 2001, Quality of life indexes for national policy: review and agenda for research, Social indicators research, vol. 55, no. 1, pp. 1-96, doi: 10.1023/A:1010811312332.

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Title Quality of life indexes for national policy: review and agenda for research
Author(s) Hagerty, Michael R.
Cummins, RobertORCID iD for Cummins, Robert orcid.org/0000-0001-9014-7193
Ferriss, Abbott L.
Land, Kenneth
Michalos, Alex C.
Peterson, Mark
Sharpe, Andrew
Sirgy, Joseph
Vogel, Joachim
Journal name Social indicators research
Volume number 55
Issue number 1
Start page 1
End page 96
Publisher Kluwer Academic Publishers Group
Place of publication Dordrecht, Netherlands
Publication date 2001-07
ISSN 0303-8300
1573-0921
Summary A number of governments and public policy institutes have developed ldquoQuality of Life Indexesrdquo – statistics that attempt to measure the quality of life for entire states or regions. We develop 14 criteria for determining the validity and usefulness of such QOL indexes to public policy. We then review 22 of the most-used QOL indexes from around the world. We conclude that many of the indexes are successful in that they are reliable, have established time series measures, and can be disaggregated to study subpopulations. However, many fall short in four areas: (1) indexes vary greatly in their coverage and definitions of domains of QOL, (2) none of the indexes distinguish among the concepts of input, throughput, and output that are used by public policy analysts, (3) they fail to show how QOL outputs are sensitive to public policy inputs, and (4) none have examined convergent validity against each other. We conclude that many of these indexes are potentially very useful for public policy and recommend research to further improve them.
Language eng
DOI 10.1023/A:1010811312332
Field of Research 170113 Social and Community Psychology
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2001, Kluwer Academic Publishers
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30008440

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: School of Psychology
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