Economic Growth, Quality of Life, Life Styles and Sustainability: Correlations and New Variables to Be Considered as Indicators in Recent Literature

  • Manuela Ciani ScarnicciEmail author
  • Antonella Laino
  • Maria Francesca Belcaro
  • Chiara Vita
Part of the Social Indicators Research Series book series (SINS, volume 77)


Lifestyle affects the quality of life and the economic growth traditionally measured in terms of GDP, Gross Domestic Product. In the first part of the paper we highlight the reasons for GDP is not an indicator of well-being, defined by the Commission of the European Observatory on Health as ‘an emotional, mental, physical, social and spiritual state which enables people to reach and maintain their personal potential in society’.

In the second part, it is emphasized as this definition points out the link between well-being of the subject and the progress of society in which he lives. It is no longer sufficient to assess growth only on the basis of the produced wealth.

Already Pigou, studied the relationship between wealth and well-being, overcoming the variables considered by the marginalist analysis, investigating social costs and benefits arising from the fulfillment of subsequent needs to the primary ones.


MEW ISEW HDI GNH Quality of life Well-being indicators Paradox of happiness GDP limits 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Manuela Ciani Scarnicci
    • 1
    Email author
  • Antonella Laino
    • 1
  • Maria Francesca Belcaro
    • 2
  • Chiara Vita
    • 2
  1. 1.Universita’ e-CampusComoItaly
  2. 2.Laboratorio Qumap-PIN, UNIFIPratoItaly

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