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ISQOLS Webinar, "Globally inclusive measures of subjective well-being"

  • 14 May 2024
  • 9:00 AM (UTC)
  • Online Webinar


  • The webinar is free for all participants.

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"Globally inclusive measures of subjective well-being" 

Tuesday, 14 May 

9:00 am CEST/ 3:00 pm HKT / 7:00 pm NZST

In the ten years since the OECD published its official Guidelines on Measuring Subjective Well-being, the inclusion of evaluative, affective and eudaimonic indicators of well-being in national measurement frameworks and household surveys has grown. A recent stock-take of current official data collection efforts across OECD member states reveals that life satisfaction data are largely harmonised, however measurement practice around affect and eudaimonia remain less standardised, and infrequent. To fill these needs, and address identified gaps in international guidance, over the next two years the OECD Centre on Well-being, Inclusion, Sustainability and Equal Opportunity (WISE) will be developing a new and expanded version of the Guidelines on Measuring Subjective Well-being. A key part of the expanded Guidelines will involve looking at globally inclusive approaches to measuring subjective well-being. This presentation provides an overview of the project as a whole and work on developing more globally inclusive measures of subjective wellbeing in particular. We report the results of an initial survey of subjective wellbeing question instruments focused on non-western conceptions of subjective wellbeing and outline the key research challenges involved in developing advice on globally inclusive approaches to measuring subjective wellbeing


Jessica Mahoney

Jessica Mahoney is a Policy Analyst at the OECD’s Centre on Well-Being, Inclusion, Sustainability and Equal Opportunity (WISE). Her work focuses on well-being approaches to policy making and measures of subjective well-being, social connectedness and mental health. Prior to joining the OECD, she managed impact evaluations of public service provision programs in transit and education for the World Bank and Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA) in Tanzania. She has a BA in Political Sciencefrom Williams College and a Master’s in Applied Economics: Public Policy and Development from the Paris School of Economics.

Hinako Percival

Hinako is an Associate Registered Nutritionist, soon to start her PhD at Massey University looking into ways to improve the appointment letter sent to waitlisted diabetic patients awaiting publicly funded dietitian appointments. Her current work as a Research Assistant at the Research Centre for Hauora and Health, Massey University mainly involves qualitative research on a Mātauranga Kai project. She has also been involved in food policy and food environment work with Health Coalition Aotearoa.Hinako is working with Kōtātā Insight on a literature review looking at globally inclusive well-being measures, with a particular focus on capturing well-being measures developed for indigenous populations.

Conal Smith

Conal is a Wellington-based economist with interests spanning the economics of well-being, valuing intangible costs and benefits, social capital and trust, the behavioural drivers of economic outcomes, and social policy more generally. He led the development of the first international guidelines on the measurement of subjective wellbeing (2013) and trust (2017) as well as the OECD's first well-being themed country report. Conal has worked on the policy applications of well-being measures in New Zealand, the OECD, and the developing world. In 2014 he co-taught the first formal course in wellbeing economics at Sciences Po in Paris. Conal is currently a member of the World Wellbeing Panel and has worked as a senior economist at the OECD as well as in managerial and senior policy roles in a range of different New Zealand government agencies.

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