Regional Indicators of Well-Being: The Case of France

  • Florence Jany-CatriceEmail author
  • Grégory Marlier
Part of the Community Quality-of-Life Indicators book series (CQLI, volume 4)


The Commission on the Measurement of Performance and Social Progress (Stiglitz et al. 2009) has usefully validated and, above all, given legitimacy to the various criticisms that have been made for several decades now of GDP and economic growth. What is a good society or a good territory? How is its quality of life or its well-being to be assessed? It once seemed that an economic approach to these questions, which are almost philosophical in nature, was broadly sufficient as a means of evaluating the dynamism of territories and, with even greater certainty, their quality. This consensus is being increasingly called into question as a result of a twofold pressure. There is a pressure exerted first by growing awareness of environmental issues, and, second, by increasingly heterogeneous populations. This heterogeneity leads to difficulties in adequately capturing living standards or well-being by ‘average’ measures (of income, consumption, wealth etc.), which have consequently lost some of their meaning (Stiglitz et al. 2009). They are increasingly being debated in international institutions (UNDP 2009; Giovannini et al. 2009), nations, territorial authorities (Jany-Catrice et al. 2009), and even municipalities (see eg. Bardet and Helluin 2010).


Disposable Income Social Health Composite Indicator United Nations Development Program French Region 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Centre lillois d’études et de recherches sociologiques et économiques/Lille Centre for Sociological and Economic Research and StudiesParisFrance
  2. 2.Institut universitaire de FranceParisFrance
  3. 3.Faculté Sciences économiques et socialesUniversité Lille1Villeneuve-d’AscqFrance
  4. 4.Direction du Développement Durable, de la Prospective et de l’EvaluationConseil Régional Nord-Pas de CalaisNord-Pas de CalaisFrance

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