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September 22, 2016

New Good Life Index: free access

New Good Life Index: free access

Dear ISQOLS members,

we have published a new research article in World Development which can be accessed for free:

Jan Delhey & Leonie C. Steckermeier (2016): The Good Life, Affluence and Self-reported Happiness: Introducing the Good Life Index and Debunking Two Popular Myths


  • We propose an individual level Good Life Index, based on Skidelsky and Skidelsky (2013).
  • This GLI covers health, security, friendship, respect, leisure, and self-development.
  • Using data from the 2012 EQLS we test and falsify two major claims of the theory.
  • Europeans’ quality of life is enhanced by national affluence.
  • The basic goods exert a positive influence on subjective well-being.



Anyone who clicks on the link will be taken to the final version of our article on ScienceDirect for free. No sign up or registration is needed – just click and read! Please note that the link is valid until October 15, 2016.

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