Social Indicators Research

, Volume 135, Issue 3, pp 1043–1055 | Cite as

Quality of Life in Italian Official Surveys

  • Linda Laura SabbadiniEmail author
  • Filomena Maggino
Original Article


Quality-of-life studies have a 50-year history and inherited the tradition of the “social indicators” movement, born in the United States during the sixties and involving scholars and researchers, supported by the public administration and interested in gathering and analysing data aimed at studying non-economic components of societal wellbeing. The idea of quantifying “symptoms” (indicators) of living conditions has been launched by Italian statistician and criminologist, Alfredo Niceforo, who has been recognised as the pioneer of social-indicators concept. Moreover, with his book on Les indices numérique de la civilisation et du progrès, he may be considered the originator of an approach of comprehensive welfare and quality of life measurement as it is the concern of modern social indicators and quality of life.


Social indicators Societal wellbeing Measuring country wellbeing Social indicators' birth 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Italian National Institute of Statistics (ISTAT)RomeItaly
  2. 2.Dipartimento di Scienze StatisticheUniversità di Roma “La Sapienza”RomeItaly

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