Measuring Australia's well-being using hierarchical needs

Clarke, Matthew, Islam, Sardar M.N. and Paech, Sally 2006, Measuring Australia's well-being using hierarchical needs, Journal of socio-economics, vol. 35, no. 6, pp. 933-945, doi: 10.1016/j.socec.2005.11.063.

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Title Measuring Australia's well-being using hierarchical needs
Author(s) Clarke, Matthew
Islam, Sardar M.N.
Paech, Sally
Journal name Journal of socio-economics
Volume number 35
Issue number 6
Start page 933
End page 945
Publisher Elsevier BV, North-Holland
Place of publication Netherlands
Publication date 2006
ISSN 1053-5357
Keyword(s) Well-being
Summary A new approach to well-being measurement is presented in this paper based on multidimensional hierarchical human needs and motivation. This paper empirically applies this new measure of well-being to Australia for the period 1985–2000. This hierarchical approach is underpinned by a rigorous psychological theory of human motivation. Hierarchical human needs are classified into five categories. Eight indicators have been chosen to reflect these categories. A composite indicator of these eight indicators is calculated. This paper concludes that it is necessary to consider multidimensional human needs and motivation when analysing and seeking to improve well-being through economic and social development activities.
Notes Available online 31 January 2006
Language eng
DOI 10.1016/j.socec.2005.11.063
Field of Research 140202 Economic Development and Growth
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©Elsevier Inc. 2006
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