A Hierarchy of Unsatisfied Needs: A Subjective Well-Being Study

  • Mariano RojasEmail author
  • Jorge Guardiola
Part of the Social Indicators Research Series book series (SINS, volume 60)


This chapter studies the role that unsatisfied needs have in depressing people’s well-being. The chapter studies how the discrepancy between what people have and what they would like to have influences their life satisfaction. Even though it is less ambitious, the research project gets inspiration from Alex Michalos’ Multiple Discrepancy Theory (MDT). Michalos proposes that life satisfaction depends on people’s perceived discrepancies in several dimensions and areas of life. In our case we are dealing with a person’s selection of that unsatisfied need which is considered of the greatest relevance by the person, suggesting that it is in this need where the most important discrepancy takes place.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.FLACSO- Mexico & UPAEPMéxico D.F.Mexico
  2. 2.Department of Applied EconomicsUniversidad de GranadaGranadaSpain

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