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Exploring the Components of Our Quality of Life Index

  • Ryan M. Yonk
  • Josh T. Smith
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Part of the SpringerBriefs in Political Science book series (BRIEFSPOLITICAL)

Abstract

As we explored the components of each indicator that would eventually be included in our index, we bore in mind our central purpose of investigating the political implications of quality of life as well as the theory behind our work. There are also, of course, statistical justifications, checks, and validations we discussed while developing the index, but the theory drove and guided our inclusions and brought us to the relevant statistical tests. Mathematical work without a guiding theory adds little of value to policy issues. This chapter builds on our previous work with a wider and better streamlined dataset, greater depth on each indicator we discuss, as well as more forms of validation. It is largely an extension of previous work where we provided fewer details and justified an earlier version of our index using fewer statistical methods (Yonk, Smith, & Wardle, 2017).

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ryan M. Yonk
    • 1
  • Josh T. Smith
    • 1
  1. 1.Utah State UniversityLoganUSA

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