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January 29, 2015

Last Week to Submit for Co-Editor-in-Chief for QLR

The deadline to apply is Saturday, 31 January.

International Society for Quality of Life Research

seeks applicants for the Co-Editor-in-Chief of the Quality of Life Research journal

Quality of Life Research (QLR) is the official journal of the International Society for Quality of Life Research (ISOQOL), and is one of the key international outlets for research in health-related quality of life and health outcomes. The journal is published 12 times a year by Springer, one of the largest publishers of scientific books and journals.

The journal is seeking a Co-Editor-in-Chief with a strong scientific background in the field of health-related quality of life and health outcomes research, with a keen interest in and commitment to a rigorous but equitable peer-review process, and preferably with previous editorial experience. The applicant should be in a position to commit a substantial and sustained amount of time (minimally, 10 hours per week) to the journal. The Co-Editor-in-Chief position receives an annual stipend.

The new Co-Editor-in-Chief begins work on the journal in June of 2015.

Please read the linked document for more information regarding this position.

The application should include a cover letter describing the applicants’ interest in the position, outlining his/her ideas for the future of the journal, names of two references relevant to the position, and a curriculum vita.

Applications for the Co-Editor-in-Chief position should be sent to the ISOQOL office at

The application period is open until January 31, 2015.


January 26, 2015

Social Indicators Research Series, Vol. 55

Social Indicators Research Series, Volume 55 : Qualitative Studies in Quality of Life by Graciela Tonon is now available on SpringerLink [ToC].

Social Indicators Research, Vol. 120, Issue 3

Social Indicators Research. Volume 120 , Issue 3 is now available on SpringerLink [ToC].

January 14, 2015

HELP REQUESTED from the QOL-Community

Hi, I fill about 1600 personal well-being index Adult form (2006, International well being group) in Iranian community, any profession is helping me analysis and sending this data for the ESRA conference?

Please. Thanks

Majid Omidikhankahdani

Department of Psychology
Payame Noor University


Quality of Life Research, Vol. 24, Iss. 1

Quality of Life Research, Volume 24 , Issue 1 is now available on SpringerLink [ToC].

NEW BOOK: Happiness and Economic Growth. Lessons from Developing Countries

edited by Andrew E. Clark and Claudia Senik

About the book

  • Contributions by the best-known researchers in happiness economics and development economics including Richard Easterlin and Martin Ravallion
  • Several chapters document brand new stylized facts about well-being and economic development
  • Presents new evidence on the foundations of subjective well-being in China
  • Focus on the growth-happiness nexus in developing countries

This volume, arising from a PSE-CEPREMAP-DIMeco conference, includes contributions by the some of the best-known researchers in happiness economics and development economics, including Richard Easterlin, who gave his name to the ‘Easterlin paradox’ that GDP growth does not improve happiness over the long run. Many chapters underline the difficulty of increasing well-being in developing countries, including China, even in the presence of sustained income growth. This is notably due to the importance of income comparisons to others, adaptation (so that we get used to higher income), and the growing inequality of income. In particular, rank in the local income distribution is shown to be important, creating a beggar-thy-neighbour effect in happiness. Wealth comparisons in China are exacerbated by the gender imbalance, as the competition for brides creates a striking phenomenon of conspicuous consumption on the housing market.

Policy has to be aware of these effects. This applies in particular to those who try to use self-reported subjective well-being in order to generate a ‘social subjective poverty line’, which is a key issue in developing countries.

However, the news is not only bad from the point of view of developing countries. One piece of good news is that GDP growth often seems to go hand-in-hand with lower happiness inequality, and thereby reduces the risk of extreme unhappiness.

Readership: Academics and scholars of happiness economics, development economics, welfare economics, labour economics, behavioural economics.


January 6, 2015

Determinants of subjective well-being or dimensions of quality of life?

Dear colleagues,

The 6th Conference of the European Survey Research Association (ESRA) will take place 13th-17th July 2015 in Reykjavik, Iceland.
We invite you to submit papers to our session entitled: “Determinants of subjective well-being or dimensions of quality of life?”.

The literature distinguishes mainly two approaches to measuring well-being. The first one is adopted by institutions and policy-oriented bodies that adopt multidimensional indexes of quality of life. Such indexes supplement the more commonly used income-based measures of well-being and allow a detailed description of living conditions and an assessment of societies’ progress in achieving citizens’ quality of life.

The second approach considers subjective well-being measured with a single variable, usually life satisfaction or happiness, and investigates its economic and non-economic determinants.

These two approaches treat differently the same set of variables. For example, income or health would be regarded as dimensions of quality of life in the first approach, but they would be seen as determinants of subjective well-being in the second approach.

This session invites analyses of advantages, disadvantages, and implications of the choice between the two approaches to measuring well-being. We invite papers addressing the following and related questions:
(1) Are there any ways to empirically assess the correctness of each of the two approaches? Can we test if a factor should be treated as an outcome (i.e. a dimension of quality of life) or rather as a determinant of subjective well-being?
(2) What is the relationship between the single measure of subjective well-being and the multiple dimensions of quality of life?
(3) Policy-oriented initiatives propose lists of dimensions of quality of life, but do we actually need multiple indicators? How to make sense of multidimensional indexes of well-being?
(4) Which lessons about well-being can we learn by using each of these approaches?

To submit a presentation abstract, sign up or log in to the ESRA website:
After logging in to your account, click “Submit paper” and follow the instructions. You may submit a maximum of two papers on which you are enlisted as presenting author.
The closing date for submission of paper proposals is 15 January 2015.

Best wishes,
Francesco Sarracino and Malgorzata Mikucka

January 5, 2015

What Ebenezer Scrooge and Tiny Tim can tell us about economics

WHAT is the point of economics? It often seems that the objective is to make the world richer. When global GDP is growing quickly, dismal scientists rejoice; their only misgiving is that growth might slow. Yet this is the season when, for devout Christians at least, the ineffable supplants the material (and the other way around for most folk). That makes it a good time to ponder whether maximising income should really be the be-all and end-all of economic policy.

Few people consider a big income as an end in itself—with the notable exception of Ebenezer Scrooge, the “squeezing, wrenching, grasping, scraping” anti-hero of Charles Dickens’s “A Christmas Carol”. But we do sense that […]

Read the complete article here

Latest Article Alert from Psychology of Well-Being: Theory, Research and Practice

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Journal of Happiness Studies, Vol. 15, Iss. 6

Journal of Happiness Studies. Volume 15 , Issue 6 is now available on SpringerLink [Table of Content].

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