The concepts of well-being and quality of life concern evaluative judgements. There is insufficient understanding in current literature that these judgements aremadevariously due to the use of not only differing values and differing research instruments but also differing standpoints, differing purposes, and differing theoretical views and ontological presuppositions. The paper elucidates these sources of differences and how they underlie the wide diversity of current conceptions.

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Keywords Eudaimonic and hedonic well-being, Evaluation methodologies, Paradoxes of well-being, Quality of life, Research traditions, Value perspectives
JEL Relation of Economics to Social Values (jel A13), Welfare Economics: General (jel D60), Welfare and Poverty: General (jel I30), Economic Sociology; Economic Anthropology; Language; Social and Economic Stratification (jel Z13)
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Series ISS Staff Group 2: States, Societies and World Development
Journal Journal of Socio-Economics
Gasper, D.R. (2010). Understanding the Diversity of Conceptions of Well-Being and Quality of Life. Journal of Socio-Economics, 39(3), 351–360. doi:10.1016/j.socec.2009.11.006