Metrics of Subjective Well-Being: Limits and Improvements

  • Gaël Brulé
  • Filomena Maggino

Part of the Happiness Studies Book Series book series (HAPS)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. Gaël Brulé, Filomena Maggino
    Pages 1-17
  3. Conceptual Issues

  4. Measurement Issues

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 63-63
    2. Ruut Veenhoven
      Pages 65-84
    3. Katia Iglesias, Pascale Gazareth, Christian Suter
      Pages 85-105
    4. Rebecca Shankland, Ilios Kotsou, Caroline Cuny, Lionel Strub, Nicholas J. L. Brown
      Pages 107-132
    5. Stefania Capecchi
      Pages 133-153
  5. Comparability Issues

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 155-155
  6. Possible Improvements of the Measurability of Subjective Well-Being

  7. Back Matter
    Pages 263-264

About this book


This volume analyses the quantification of the effect of factors measuring subjective well-being, and in particular on the metrics applied. With happiness studies flourishing over the last decades, both in number of publications as well as in their exposure, researchers working in this field are aware of potential weaknesses and pitfalls of these metrics. Contributors to this volume reflect on different factors influencing quantification, such as scale size, wording, language, biases, and cultural comparability in order to raise awareness on the tools and on their conditions of use. 


Quality of Life and Happiness Measuring Good Life Exploration of Human Subjectivity Measures of Happiness Life Satisfaction in France Explanation of Subjective Well-Being Social Desirability and Happiness Culture and Well-Being Measure of Life Satisfaction across Countries Measuring Subjective Well-Being

Editors and affiliations

  • Gaël Brulé
    • 1
  • Filomena Maggino
    • 2
  1. 1.Happiness StudiesErasmus University Rotterdam Happiness StudiesRotterdamThe Netherlands
  2. 2.Dipartimento di Scienze StatisticheUniversità di Roma "La Sapienza" RomaItaly

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing AG 2017
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Social Sciences Social Sciences (R0)
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-61809-8
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-61810-4
  • Series Print ISSN 2213-7513
  • Series Online ISSN 2213-7521
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