DP17 Health, Economic Structure and Social Indicators

Author(s): Richard Wilkinson
Publication Date: May 1984
Keyword(s): Health, Social Indicators
JEL(s): 225
Programme Areas: Human Resources
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The way in which economic development transforms the material basis of human social interaction and the widespread belief that the advanced industrial countries suffer from some kind of "social malaise" make it increasingly important to develop good indicators of the hitherto unmeasurable aspects of the quality of life. The paper discusses the possibility of identifying aspects of a population's health which could be used as indicators of otherwise unmeasurable subjective aspects of the quality of life.