Subjective wellbeing at different spatial scales for individuals satisfied and dissatisfied with life

Kubiszewski, Ida, Zakariyya, Nabeeh, and Jarvis, Diane (2019) Subjective wellbeing at different spatial scales for individuals satisfied and dissatisfied with life. PeerJ, 7. e6502.

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Indicators that attempt to gauge wellbeing have been created and used at multiple spatial scales around the world. The most commonly used indicators are at the national level to enable international comparisons. When analyzing subjective life satisfaction (LS), an aspect of wellbeing, at multiple spatial scales in Australia, variables (drawn from environmental, social, and economic domains) that are significantly correlated to LS at smaller scales become less significant at larger sub-national scales. The reverse is seen for other variables, which become more significant at larger scales. Regression analysis over multiple scales on three groups (1) all individuals within the sample, (2) individuals with self-reported LS as dissatisfied (LS < 5), and (3) individuals self-reporting LS as satisfied (LS > 5), show that variables critical for LS differ between subgroups of the sample as well as by spatial scale. Wellbeing measures need to be created at multiple scales appropriate to the purpose of the indicator. Concurrently, policies need to address the factors that are important to wellbeing at those respective scales, segments, and values of the population.

Item ID: 57312
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 2167-8359
Keywords: wellbeing, life satisfaction, global progress, spatial scales, Australia
Copyright Information: Copyright 2019 Kubiszewski et al. Distributed under Creative Commons CC-BY 4.0
Funders: Australian Research Council
Projects and Grants: ARC DE150100494
Date Deposited: 27 Mar 2019 02:40
FoR Codes: 38 ECONOMICS > 3801 Applied economics > 380105 Environment and resource economics @ 75%
38 ECONOMICS > 3899 Other economics > 389902 Ecological economics @ 25%
SEO Codes: 91 ECONOMIC FRAMEWORK > 9102 Microeconomics > 910299 Microeconomics not elsewhere classified @ 50%
91 ECONOMIC FRAMEWORK > 9199 Other Economic Framework > 919902 Ecological Economics @ 50%
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