The wealth of nations revisited: Income and quality of life
Rent the article at a discountRent now
* Final gross prices may vary according to local VAT.Get Access
Does economic prosperity enhance the quality of human life? Across 101 nations, 32 indices were analyzed that reflect a representative sample of universal human values (e.g., happiness, social order, and social justice). Wealth correlated significantly with 26 of the 32 indices, indicating a higher QOL in wealthier nations. Only suicide and CO2 emissions were worse in wealthier societies. Basic physical needs were met early in economic development, whereas advanced scientific work occurred only when basic physical needs were fulfilled for almost all people in the society. Limitations of the conclusions are discussed.
- Department of Economic and Social Development: 1992, 1991: Demographic Yearbook (United Nations, New York).
- Department of Economic and Social Information and Policy Analysis: 1993, Statistical Yearbook: 1990/1991 (United Nations, New York).
- Diener, E.: 1996, ‘The cost and benefits of individualistic societies’, in preparation, University of Illinois.
- Diener, E., Diener, M., Diener, C. (1995) Factors predicting the subjective well-being of nations. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology 69: pp. 851-864
- Diener, E., Sandvik, E., Seidlitz, L., Diener, M. (1993) The relationship between income and subjective well-being: Relative or absolute?. Social Indicators Research 28: pp. 195-223
- Dietz, T., Kalof, L. (1992) Environmentalism among nation-states. Social Indicators Research 26: pp. 353-366
- Droge, C., Calantone, R., Agrawal, M., Mackoy, R. (1993) The consumption culture and its critiques: A framework for analysis. Journal of Macromarketing 13: pp. 32-45
- Gupta, D. K., A. J. Jongman and A. P. Schmid: 1994, Assessing country performance in the field of human rights. Paper presented at the 13th Int. Sociol. Ass. Congr., Bielefeld, Germany, 18 July.
- Hoffman, M. S. eds. (1991) The World Almanac and Book of Facts: 1992. Pharos Books, New York
- Maslow, A. H. (1954) Motivation and Personality. Harper and Row, New York
- Schwartz, S. H. Universals in the content and structure of values: Theoretical advances and empirical tests in 20 countries. In: Zanna, M. eds. (1992) Advances in Experimental Social Psychology: Vol. 20. Academic Press, Orlando, FL
- Schwartz, S. H. Beyond individualism-collectivism: New cultural dimensions of values. In: Kim, U., Triandis, H. C., Kagitcibasi, C., Choi, C., Yoon, G. eds. (1994) Individualism and Collectivism: Theory, Method, and Applications. Sage, Thousand Oaks, CA, pp. 85-102
- Compendium of Social Statistics and Indicators: 1988. United Nations, New York
- Taylor, C. L., Jodice, D. A. (1983) World Handbook of Political and Social Indicators, 3rd edn., Vol. 1: Cross-national Attributes and Rates of Change. Yale University Press, New Haven
- Triandis, H. C. (1989) The self and social behavior in differing cultural contexts. Psychological Review 96: pp. 506-520
- Handbook of International Trade and Development Statistics. United Nations, New York
- Dam, M., Puijenbroek, R., Verschuren, P. (1989) De centrum-periferie theorie. Mens en Maatschappij 64: pp. 5-21
- Veenhoven, R. (1993) Happiness in Nations. Risbo, Rotterdam
- Wachtel, P.L. (1983) The Poverty of Affluence. The Free Press, New York
- World Development Report 1994: Infrastructure for Development. Oxford University Press, Oxford, England
- Wright, J. W. eds. (1992) The Universal Almanac: 1993. Andrews and McMeel, Kansas City
- The wealth of nations revisited: Income and quality of life
Social Indicators Research
Volume 36, Issue 3 , pp 275-286
- Cover Date
- Print ISSN
- Online ISSN
- Kluwer Academic Publishers
- Additional Links
- Industry Sectors