The QOL of Countries

  • M. Joseph Sirgy
Part of the Social Indicators Research Series book series (SINS, volume 50)


There is a growing trend in QOL studies in the development of country-specific measures of QOL, subjective indicators of QOL included. This chapter will describe research related to the development of country-specific measures of subjective well-being. We will begin by describing reports comparing subjective well-being of citizens of various countries, and then we will shift gears to addressing subjective well-being data from specific countries.


Life Satisfaction Life Domain Satisfaction Rating European Community Household Panel Chinese Respondent 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • M. Joseph Sirgy
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  1. 1.Department of Marketing Pamplin College of BusinessVirginia Polytechnic Institute and State UniversityBlacksburgUSA

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