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World Social Development and Well-Being Trends

  • Richard J. Estes
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Part of the Social Indicators Research Series book series (SINS, volume 78)

Abstract

The most dramatic findings on the Weighted Index of Social Progress (WISP) over the entire 50-year period reported in this study are summarized in Fig. 4.1 (renumbered Fig.  1.1 in Chap.  1) and Fig. 4.2 (renumbered Fig.  1.2 in Chap.  1). These 2 figures show the average WISP scores and percent change in WISP scores for each decade over the 50-year period between 1970 and 2020 (est.). These two figures summarize changes in world social development by major world region for the entire 50-year period reported on in this study. The patterns reported in these figures are significant and offer a vivid picture of the changes that have taken place over the extended period reported in this chapter. They are consistent with the focus of this chapter, whose central concern is progress at the global level in advancing quality of life and well-being of all of the world’s nations, the latter of which reflects changing social patterns within 95% of the world’s current total population.

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  • Richard J. Estes
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  1. 1.School of Social Policy & PracticeUniversity of PennsylvaniaNarberthUSA

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