A Different Approach to Development: Well-Being

Ozge Gokdemir and Ruut Veenhoven

Chapter 17 in: Yayina Hazirlayander, Ahmet Faruk Aysan & Devrim Dumludag (Eds.) 'Kalkinmada yeni yaklasimlar' (New approaches to development), Ankara, Turkey, 2014, Imge, ISBN 078-975-533--761-6 543 pages, pp 337-363

ABSTRACT IN ENGLISH (of text in Turkish)
Well-being is a broad concept which covers development, income, education, marriage, family life etc. When speaking about well-being in a nation we denote how well its citizens live. There are two approaches to assess how well people live. One is to consider to what extent the country provides conditions deemed essential for a good life, which is called presumed approach. The other approach is to asses how well people thrive which we call apparent approach. Moreover when speaking about well-being, we use objective, subjective and mixed indicators. Subjective indicators are emotions which are outcomes of experiences whereas objective indicators comprise factors which generates emotions. Mixed indicators covers both objective and subjective indicators.

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