Saturday, February 15, 2014

The Measurement of Well-being: the Contribution of Longitudinal Studies

Here's a very useful paper from the ONS for anyone working with well-being measures in large data-sets:
The Measurement of Well-being: the Contribution of Longitudinal Studies. 

It has an overview of the main British cohort studies, which follow groups of people from birth throughout their lifetime:

It has an overview of household, individual and census-linked panel studies which follow groups of people starting in adolescence or adulthood:

It also has many tables summarizing the different well-being questions available in all these studies, such as this one looking at different measures of life satisfaction:

2 comments:

Liam Delaney said...

Very useful Mark. We obviously have worked a lot with these files but still amazed at how good they are. The cohort studies should win a Nobel prize if it was practical to award it to something like that.

Mark Egan said...

They are terrific alright. I was surprised though at the relative paucity of these kind of studies in the general, particularly for the US.