Quality of life: an approach integrating opportunities, human needs, and subjective well-being

Costanza, Robert, Fisher, Brendan, Ali, Saleem, Beer, Caroline, Bond, Lynne, Boumans, Roelof, Danigelis, Nicholas L., Dickinson, Jennifer, Elliott, Carolyn, Farley, Joshua, Gayer, Diane Elliott, Glenn, Linda MacDonald, Hudspeth, Thomas, Mahoney, Dennis, McCahill, Laurence, McIntosh, Barbara, Reed, Brian, Rizvi, S. Abu Turab, Rizzo, Donna M., Simpatico, Thomas and Snapp, Robert (2007) Quality of life: an approach integrating opportunities, human needs, and subjective well-being. Ecological Economics, 61 2-3: 267-276. doi:10.1016/j.ecolecon.2006.02.023

Author Costanza, Robert
Fisher, Brendan
Ali, Saleem
Beer, Caroline
Bond, Lynne
Boumans, Roelof
Danigelis, Nicholas L.
Dickinson, Jennifer
Elliott, Carolyn
Farley, Joshua
Gayer, Diane Elliott
Glenn, Linda MacDonald
Hudspeth, Thomas
Mahoney, Dennis
McCahill, Laurence
McIntosh, Barbara
Reed, Brian
Rizvi, S. Abu Turab
Rizzo, Donna M.
Simpatico, Thomas
Snapp, Robert
Title Quality of life: an approach integrating opportunities, human needs, and subjective well-being
Journal name Ecological Economics   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0921-8009
Publication date 2007-03-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1016/j.ecolecon.2006.02.023
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
Volume 61
Issue 2-3
Start page 267
End page 276
Total pages 10
Place of publication Amsterdam, Netherlands
Publisher Elsevier
Language eng
Abstract Enhancing Quality of Life (QOL) has long been an explicit or implicit goal for individuals, communities, nations, and the world. But defining QOL and measuring progress toward meeting this goal have been elusive. Diverse "objective" and "subjective" indicators across a range of disciplines and scales, and recent work on subjective well-being (SWB) surveys and the psychology of happiness have spurred interest. Drawing from multiple disciplines, we present an integrative definition of QOL that combines measures of human needs with subjective well-being or happiness. QOL is proposed as a multi-scale, multi-dimensional concept that contains interacting objective and subjective elements. We relate QOL to the opportunities that are provided to meet human needs in the forms of built, human, social and natural capital (in addition to time) and the policy options that are available to enhance these opportunities. Issues related to defining, measuring, and scaling these concepts are discussed, and a research agenda is elaborated. Policy implications include strategies for investing in opportunities to maximize QOL enhancement at the individual, community, and national scales.
Keyword Quality of life
Subjective well-being
Natural capital
Social capital
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Non-UQ

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