Measuring subjective wellbeing in Bangaladesh, Ethiopia, Peru and Thailand using a personal life goal satisfaction approach

James Copestake, L Camfield

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Abstract

The paper sets out an approach to assessing people's wellbeing that focuses on their perceived attainment of life goals. Section 1 explains the motivation for seeking new ways of measuring subjective wellbeing in developing countries. Section 2 briefly reviews relevant literature and process of designing the data collection instrument (referred to as the WeDQoL). Sections 3 and 4 present illustrative empirical findings from its use in Bangladesh, Ethiopia, Peru and Thailand. Section 5 concludes that much scope remains for developing new tools, like the WeDQoL, usefully to inform public policy in developing countries.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationBath
PublisherUniversity of Bath/Wellbeing in Developing Countries Research Group
Publication statusUnpublished - Feb 2009

Publication series

NameWellbeing in Developing Countries (WeD) Working Papers
No.WeD Working Paper 09/45

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    Copestake, J., & Camfield, L. (2009). Measuring subjective wellbeing in Bangaladesh, Ethiopia, Peru and Thailand using a personal life goal satisfaction approach. (Wellbeing in Developing Countries (WeD) Working Papers; No. WeD Working Paper 09/45). University of Bath/Wellbeing in Developing Countries Research Group.