A cross-country analysis of perceived economic status and life satisfaction in high- and low-income countries

Camfield, Laura ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-0165-9857 and Esposito, Lucio (2014) A cross-country analysis of perceived economic status and life satisfaction in high- and low-income countries. World Development, 59. pp. 212-223. ISSN 0305-750X

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Abstract

What are the challenges posed by the analysis of self-reported life satisfaction and material wellbeing/hardship? We explore the complex relationship between objective and subjective indicators using primary data from two diverse sources—a questionnaire survey of 3883 undergraduate students in eight economically developed and developing countries and interviews with 310 adults in the Dominican Republic. Our findings underline the value of subjective data; at the same time, they stress the importance for development researchers of gaining a deeper understanding of what subjective data really tell us, alongside the need for a richer conceptualization of individual emotions and states of mind.

Item Type: Article
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Social Sciences > School of International Development
University of East Anglia > Faculty of Science > Research Centres > Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research
Depositing User: Pure Connector
Date Deposited: 09 Apr 2014 15:16
Last Modified: 03 Oct 2022 06:40
URI: https://ueaeprints.uea.ac.uk/id/eprint/48386
DOI: 10.1016/j.worlddev.2014.01.018

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