Indicators of Human Betterment

  • Muriel Nissel
Part of the British Association for the Advancement of Science book series (BAAS)


In the 1960s, when we were said never to have had it so good, many questions were being asked, particularly by those who were already materially well-off, about how we should be measuring the quality of life. Today, when many people have never had it so bad, there is renewed interest in what kind of social impact world economic recession and the particular policies of recent governments have been having on the lives of the people of this country.


Social Indicator National Account Undesired Output Unpaid Work Gross National Product 
These keywords were added by machine and not by the authors. This process is experimental and the keywords may be updated as the learning algorithm improves.


Unable to display preview. Download preview PDF.

Unable to display preview. Download preview PDF.


  1. 1.
    J. K. Galbraith, The Affluent Society ( London: Hamish Hamilton, 1948 );Google Scholar
  2. Fred Hirsch, Social Limits to Growth ( London: Routledge & Kegan Paul, 1977 ).Google Scholar
  3. 2.
    Milton Moss (ed.), The Measurement of Economic and Social Performance, Studies in Income and Wealth, no. 38 ( New York: National Bureau of Economic Research, 1973 ).Google Scholar
  4. 3.
    William D. Nordhaus and James Tobin, ‘Is Growth Obsolete?’, Economic Growth, Fiftieth Anniversary Colloquium V ( New York: NBER, 1972 ).Google Scholar
  5. 4.
    F. Thomas Juster, Paul N. Courant and Greg K. Dow, ‘A Theoretical Framework for the Measurement of Well-being’, Review of Income and Wealth, series 27, no. 1 (Mar. 1981).Google Scholar
  6. 5.
    United Nations, The Feasibility of Welfare Orientated Measures to Complement the National Accounts and Balances (Economic and Social Council E/CN 3/477, 1946);Google Scholar
  7. United Nations, A System of National Accounts, Studies in Methods, series F, no. 2, rev. 3 ( New York: United Nations, 1968 );Google Scholar
  8. United Nations, A Draft Complementary System of Statistics on the Distribution of Income and Wealth (Economic and Social Council E/CN 3/400, 1969).Google Scholar
  9. 6.
    Richard and Nancy Ruggles, The Measurement of Economic and Social Performance, International Association for Research into Income and Wealth: Fourteenth General Conference (Finland, 1975 ).Google Scholar
  10. 7.
    Christiaan Grootaert, ‘The Conceptual Basis of Measures of Household Welfare and their Implied Survey Data Requirements’, Review of Income and Wealth, series 29, no. 1 (Mar. 1983).Google Scholar
  11. 8.
    A. Szalai (ed.), The Use of Time ( The Hague: Mouton, 1972 ).Google Scholar
  12. 9.
    J. I. Gershuny and G. S. Thomas, ‘Changing Times: Activity Patterns in the UK’, unpublished (University of Sussex, 1981 ).Google Scholar
  13. 10.
    John P. Robinson, Changes in Americans’ Use of Time: 1965–1975. A Progress Report (Cleveland, Ohio: Communications Research Centre, 1977 ).Google Scholar
  14. 11.
    United Nations, A System of Demographic, Manpower and Social Statistics: Series, Classifications and Social Indicators, ST/STAT 49 ( New York: UN Secretariat, 1971 );Google Scholar
  15. United Nations, System of Social and Demographic Statistics (SSDS), E/CN3/450 ( New York: UN Secretariat, 1974 ).Google Scholar
  16. 12.
    Sir Claus Moser, ‘Social Indicators — Systems, Methods and Problems’, Review of Income and Wealth, series 19, no. 2 (June 1973).Google Scholar
  17. 13.
    Dudley Seers, ‘Life Expectancy as an Integrating Concept in Social and Demographic Analysis and Planning’, Review of Income and Wealth, series 23, no. 3 (Sep. 1977).Google Scholar
  18. 14.
    Philippe Pommier, ‘Social Expenditure: Socialisation of Expenditure? The French Experiment with Satellite Accounts’, Review of Income and Wealth, series 27, no. 4 (Dec. 1981).Google Scholar
  19. 15.
    The literature on the development of social indicators is widespread and varied. The movement even spawned its own regular quarterly journal, Social Indicators ed. byGoogle Scholar
  20. Alex C. Michalos. See in particular E. Sheldon and W. E. Moore (eds), Indicators of Social Change ( New York: Russell Sage Foundation, 1968 );Google Scholar
  21. Michael Carley, Social Measurement and Social Indicators ( London: George Allen & Unwin, 1981 );Google Scholar
  22. Denis F. Johnston, ‘Social Indicators and Social Forecasting’, in Jib Fowles (ed.), Handbook of Futures Research ( Westpoint Conn: Greenwood Press, 1978 ).Google Scholar
  23. 16.
    OECD Working Party on Social Indicators, Measuring Social Well-being: A Progress Report on the Development of Social Indicators, Programme Series 3 ( Paris: OECD, 1976 );Google Scholar
  24. OECD Working Party on Social Indicators, The OECD List of Social Indicators, Programme Series 5 ( Paris: OECD, 1982 ).Google Scholar
  25. 17.
    UK Central Statistical Office, Social Trends (London: HMSO 1970 et seq);Google Scholar
  26. US Department of Commerce, Social Indicators 1973 (US Govt Printing Offices, 1973);Google Scholar
  27. Institut National de la Statistique et des Études Économiques, Données Sociales (Paris, 1973).Google Scholar
  28. 18.
    Roy A. Carr-Hill, ‘Indicators of Health and of Inequalities in Health’ (Aberdeen: MRC Medical Sociology Unit, May 1983), unpublished paper.Google Scholar
  29. 20.
    Office of Population Censuses and Surveys, General Household Survey 1977(London: HMSO, 1979).Google Scholar
  30. 21.
    H. Cantril, Pattern of Human Concerns (New Brunswick, N.J.: Rutgers University Press, 1965 ).Google Scholar
  31. 22.
    A. Maslow, Motivation and Personality (New York: Harper, 1954 and 1970 ).Google Scholar
  32. 23.
    M. Abrams, ‘Subjective Social Indicators’, in Social Trends, no. 4, ed. M. Nissel ( London, HMSO, 1973 );Google Scholar
  33. M. Abrams, ‘Social Indicators and Quality of Life Studies’, paper presented to the Conference on Social Indicators in Planning and Policy, Regional Studies Association (London, 1978 ).Google Scholar
  34. 24.
    P. L. Knox, ‘Social Priorities for Social Indicators’, Occasional Paper no. 4, Dept of Geography, University of Dundee (1976).Google Scholar
  35. 25.
    Angus Campbell and Philip E. Converse (eds), The Human Meaning of Social Change ( New York: Russell Sage Foundation, 1972 );Google Scholar
  36. E. M. Andrews and S. B. Withey, Social Indicators of Well-being ( New York: Plenum Press, 1976 ).CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  37. 26.
    G. Hoinville, ‘Evaluating Community Preferences’, Environment and Planning, vol. 3 ( London: Pion, 1971 ).Google Scholar
  38. 27.
    Gordon Heald, ‘A Comparison between American, European and Japanese Values’, unpublished paper presented to the World Association for Public Opinion Research Annual Meeting’ (Maryland, 1982 ).Google Scholar

Copyright information

© The British Association for the Advancement of Science 1984

Authors and Affiliations

  • Muriel Nissel

There are no affiliations available

Personalised recommendations