One year ago, the OECD released its Your Better Life Index. The Index sought to provide comparative data relating to well-being that go beyond the traditional economic output measures such as GDP.
The YBLI has been re-released (updated) today. The OECD tells us:
"Some of the key takeaways from the new version of the Index include:
- No matter which countries people live in, they value the most some combination of health, education and life satisfaction.
- Men and women who have used the Index value basically the same things.
- The wealthier you are, the more likely you are to make your voice heard in elections, but not by a huge margin.
- Men work more in the labour market and make more money than women, but women are better in other areas, they live longer, are better educated and in most places they are also happier.
- Inequality isn’t just about money, it affects other topics in Your Better Life Index."
BTW, if you have an interest in these issues, then the Freedom and Flourishing blog that Winton Bates writes should be on your reading list.
© 2012, David E. Giles