Well-being is becoming a concept which is more and more involved in any world development consideration. A large amount of work is being carried out to study measurements of well-being, including a more holistic vision on the development and welfare of a country. This paper proposes an idea of well-being and progress being in equilibrium with each other. This is distant from the two extreme positions: poor but happy, and rich then happy; too romantic the first, and reductive the second. After a short explanation on the meaning of Objective and Subjective well-being, we show some interesting relations between economic and social variables, and we propose a new index to measure the well-being and progress of the countries: the Well-being & Progress Index (WIP). It includes several aspects of well-being and progress, like human rights, economic well-being, equality, education, research, quality of urban environment, ecological behaviours, subjective well-being, longevity, and violent crime. The most frequently used indexes usually only focus on some aspects, like ecology, or economy, or policy, or education, or happiness, and so forth. On the contrary, this new WIP index allows a global and well-balanced vision, thanks to the large range of indicators used, and how representative they are.

well-being, progress, happiness, quality of life, GDP, humanity development
dx.doi.org/10.1007/s11205-010-9717-1, hdl.handle.net/1765/104827
Social Indicator Research Series
Institute for Housing and Urban Development Studies (IHS)

d' Acci, L. (2010). Measuring Well-Being and Progress. Social Indicator Research Series, 104, 47–65. doi:10.1007/s11205-010-9717-1