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Well-Being in Latin America

Drivers and Policies


Part of the Human Well-Being Research and Policy Making book series (HWBRPM)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxiv
  2. Mariano Rojas
    Pages 1-9
  3. Mariano Rojas
    Pages 11-17
  4. Mariano Rojas
    Pages 19-30
  5. Mariano Rojas
    Pages 31-55
  6. Mariano Rojas
    Pages 57-70
  7. Mariano Rojas
    Pages 71-82
  8. Mariano Rojas
    Pages 83-101
  9. Mariano Rojas
    Pages 125-139
  10. Mariano Rojas
    Pages 141-153
  11. Mariano Rojas
    Pages 155-164
  12. Mariano Rojas
    Pages 179-184

About this book


This book provides an overview of factors fostering well-being in Latin America and discusses many threats to well-being in the region. The book assesses the current well-being situation in Latin American countries and offers an explanation based on its many drivers, such as family arrangements, kindness and affection of interpersonal relations, economic situation, education regimes, political institutions, poverty, income inequality, crime and violence, and the weakness of political institutions.

The book provides a framework to fully understand the drivers behind high well-being, including the challenges and opportunities that public policy faces in the procurement of people’s well-being. The book provides relevant material for policymakers and social scientist interested in the procurement of well-being.


High Well-Being Levels in Latin American Countries Drivers of Well-Being in Latin America Income Inequality and Well-Being in Latin America Increasing Violence and Crime in Latin America Defining and Establishing Policies for Well-Being Relational Values and Well-Being Conceptualizations of Well-Being Subjective Well-Being Indicators in Latin America Objective Indicators of Quality of Life Health, Education and Social Instability in Latin America Family and Interpersonal Relations in Latin America Synthesis of the Current Latin American Situation Framework for Well-Being Policies

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Universidad Internacional de La Rioja (UNIR)LogroñoSpain

About the authors

Mariano Rojas is Professor of Economics at Universidad UPAEP in Mexico and at Universidad Internacional de La Rioja, Spain. He holds a Ph.D. in Economics from The Ohio State University (United States). He was President of the International Society for Quality of Life Studies (ISQOLS) and is member of Mexico’s National Research System. He coordinated the initiative Measuring the Progress of Societies: A Mexican Perspective. He is the author of ‘The Scientific Study of Happiness’ (FCE) and ‘Can the Economy Provide Happiness?’ (RBA), editor of the ‘Handbook of Happiness Research in Latin America’ (Springer) and ‘The Economics of Happiness: How the Easterlin Paradox Transformed Our Understanding of Well-Being and Progress’ (Springer), and co-editor of the ‘Global Handbook of Well-Being and Quality of Life’ (Springer). His areas of research are Happiness, Quality of Life, Well-Being, Progress, Economic Development, and Poverty, and his regional area of specialization is Latin America.

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Well-Being in Latin America
  • Book Subtitle Drivers and Policies
  • Authors Mariano Rojas
  • Series Title Human Well-Being Research and Policy Making
  • Series Abbreviated Title Human Well-Being Research and Policy Making
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2020
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Social Sciences Social Sciences (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-3-030-33497-0
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-030-33500-7
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-030-33498-7
  • Series ISSN 2522-5367
  • Series E-ISSN 2522-5375
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XXIV, 184
  • Number of Illustrations 2 b/w illustrations, 62 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Quality of Life Research
    Development Economics
    Social Policy
    Economic Policy
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