European Survey Data: Rich Sources for Quality of Life Research

  • Heinz-Herbert Noll
Part of the Social Indicators Research Series book series (SINS, volume 33)

Abstract

The availability and accessibility of information on quality of life issues has much improved in recent years due to a considerable number of supranational European survey programmes. While some of these survey programmes go back as far as the 1970s, others have been established more recently. This article aims to provide basic information on the most important European surveys of this sort and to assess their potential as well as their specific advantages and limitations from a quality of life research point of view. As it turns out, the surveys under review provide rich sources for comparative European quality of life research and although these data have been used for numerous empirical studies and publications in recent years, it seems that this potential has still not been fully tapped.

Keywords

Europe quality of life subjective well-being survey data comparative research 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Heinz-Herbert Noll
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  1. 1.German Social Science Infrastructure – ZUMA, Social Indicators Research CentreGermany

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