Understanding and measuring quality of life in Ireland : sustainability, happiness and well-being

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Title: Understanding and measuring quality of life in Ireland : sustainability, happiness and well-being
Authors: Clinch, J. Peter
Ferreira, S. (Susana)
Brereton, Finbarr
Moro, Mirko
Bullock, Craig
Permanent link: http://hdl.handle.net/10197/875
Date: 2006
Online since: 2009-02-17T13:15:10Z
Abstract: In the last decade, the ‘Celtic Tiger’ economy grew at a record rate for a developed country.Nevertheless, there has been much concern regarding the implications of the pace of economic growth for localised environmental quality and life satisfaction generally. It has long been recognised by economists, psychologists and others that traditional macro-measures of national income such as GDP and GNP are inadequate measures of the performance of an economy and wider society – such measures are unable to give value to environmental and social capital and are unable to capture the performance of a country in sustainability terms. The briefing note outlines the various approaches to measuring quality of life and sustainability for Ireland specifically focusing on a modified genuine savings approach and the use of life satisfaction scores to measure well-being and individual happiness with life. The paper presents results for Ireland. Finally, the paper discusses the importance of this research for developing an evidence-base for public policy and sets out the need for investment in such research.
Type of material: Conference Publication
Publisher: COMHAR
Copyright (published version): 2006 COMHAR
Subject LCSH: Quality of life--Ireland
Ireland--Economic conditions--21st century
Ireland--Social conditions--21st century
Other versions: http://www.comharsdc.ie/_files/comhar0704.pdf
Language: en
Status of Item: Not peer reviewed
Is part of: Towards sustainability in the National Development Plan 2007 – 2013 : proceedings from the Comhar national conference
Conference Details: This report arises from work commissioned by Comhar SDC for the Comhar National Conference Towards sustainability in the National Development Plan, October 4-5, 2006, Dublin
Appears in Collections:Architecture, Planning and Environmental Policy Research Collection

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