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Social Indicators Research

, Volume 58, Issue 1, pp 161-175

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Quality of life in a European Perspective: The EUROMODULE as a New Instrument for Comparative Welfare Research

  • Jan DelheyAffiliated withSocial Science Research Center Berlin (WZB), Research Unit ``Social Structure and Social Reporting''
  • , Petra BöhnkeAffiliated withSocial Science Research Center Berlin (WZB), Research Unit ``Social Structure and Social Reporting''
  • , Roland HabichAffiliated withSocial Science Research Center Berlin (WZB), Research Unit ``Social Structure and Social Reporting''
  • , Wolfgang ZapfAffiliated withSocial Science Research Center Berlin (WZB), Research Unit ``Social Structure and Social Reporting''

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Abstract

In this article, a new survey instrument for comparative welfare researchand social reporting is described, the EUROMODULE. It has been set up inintensive discussions among experts from several nations engaged inquality of life research and social reporting. By combining indicatorsof objective living conditions, subjective well-being, and quality ofsociety, with this new survey central aspects of the quality of life ofEuropean citizens can be investigated. The EUROMODULE initiative aimsat strengthening efforts to monitor and systematically analyze thecurrent state and the changes in living conditions and quality of lifein Europe in a comparative perspective. So far, data for eightEuropean countries are available.