Child Indicators Research

, Volume 8, Issue 1, pp 227–241 | Cite as

Subjective Well-Being and Social Policy: Can Nations Make Their Children Happier?

  • Jonathan Bradshaw


This paper explores the relationship between subjective well-being and social policy. It reviews efforts to study well-being and then presents some international comparisons of subjective well-being and national UK trends in subjective well-being and discusses what might explain them. It then explores why we might not see a relationship between policy and subjective well-being. Then it asserts that there probable is one and presents some evidence in support. It concludes that exploration of this subject is in its infancy and we need more research.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Social Policy Research UnitUniversity of YorkYorkUK

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