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Statistics in Transition New Series

An International Journal of the Polish Statistical Association

Polish Statistical Association

Central Statistical Office of Poland

Subject: Economics , Statistics & Probability

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ISSN: 1234-7655
eISSN: 2450-0291

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SUBJECTIVE AND COMMUNITY WELL-BEING INTERACTION IN A MULTILEVEL SPATIAL  MODELLING FRAMEWORK
LINEAR CHOLESKY DECOMPOSITION OF COVARIANCE MATRICES IN MIXED MODELS WITH CORRELATED RANDOM EFFECTS

VOLUME 16 , ISSUE 3 (September 2015) - List of articles

THE MEASUREMENT OF SUBJECTIVE WELL-BEING IN SURVEY RESEARCH

Graham Kalton/ Christopher Mackie/ Wlodzimierz Okrasa

About a year ago, in recognition of the importance of measuring subjective well-being in surveys and the challenges it presents, Statistics in Transition new series (SiT) announced a plan to publish an issue containing a collection of papers on statistically relevant aspects of research on subjective well-being. This thematic issue of SiT is the result of that plan. It contains a set of original papers especially produced for this occasion that present some recent advances in surveybased researc(..)

DOI: 10.21307/stattrans-2015-019

CONCEPTUALIZING SUBJECTIVE WELL-BEING AND ITS MANY DIMENSIONS – IMPLICATIONS FOR DATA COLLECTION IN OFFICIAL STATISTICS AND FOR POLICY RELEVANCE

Christopher Mackie/ Conal Smith

Subjective well-being encompasses several distinct but interacting aspects of people’s feelings, attitudes, and experiences. This paper assesses the state of the art for measuring these dimensions of people's lives, which typically involves analyzing self-reports of subjective well-being collected in survey instruments; however, other potentially complementary, technology-driven tools are emerging as well. We first answer the question, “what is subjective well-being?” and unpack its multidimensi(..)

DOI: 10.21307/stattrans-2015-020

THE OFFICE FOR NATIONAL STATISTICS EXPERIENCE OF COLLECTING AND MEASURING SUBJECTIVE WELL-BEING

Lucy Tinkler

The UK Office for National Statistics (ONS) started measuring subjective well- being in 2011 as part of the ONS Measuring National Well-being programme. The aim of the Measuring National Well-being programme is to measure the quality of life and progress of the UK. This article explores the development of the ONS subjective well-being measures, data collection methods, data presentational considerations, overview of findings, and latest developments. It discusses the way in which user engagement(..)

DOI: 10.21307/stattrans-2015-021

OFFICIAL STATISTICS ON PERSONAL WELL-BEING: SOME REFLECTIONS ON THE DEVELOPMENT AND SOME REFLECTIONS ON THE DEVELOPMENT AND IN THE UK  

Paul Allin

This paper draws on experience of the UK Office for National Statistics (ONS) programme to measure national well-being, particularly the high-profile element of the programme in which subjective well-being measures have been collected and published since April 2011. We reflect on drivers of the ONS work and on how these have given rise to interest both in national well-being – the Beyond GDP agenda – and in the use of subjective well-being measures (self-reported, personal well-being) in public (..)

DOI: 10.21307/stattrans-2015-022

EXPLOITING ORDINAL DATA FOR SUBJECTIVE WELL-BEING EVALUATION 

Marco Fattore/ Filomena Maggino/ Alberto Arcagni

The evaluation of subjective well-being, and of similar issues related to quality of life, is usually addressed through composite indicators or counting procedures. This leads to inconsistencies and inefficiency in the treatment of ordinal data that, in turn, affect the quality of information provided to scholars and to policy-makers. In this paper we take a different path and prove that the evaluation of multidimensional ordinal well-being can be addressed in an effective and consistent way, us(..)

DOI: 10.21307/stattrans-2015-023

USING THE DAY RECONSTRUCTION METHOD TO QUANTIFY TIME SPENT SUFFERING AMONG OLDER ADULTS WITH CHRONIC PAIN

Dylan M. Smith

The Day Reconstruction Method (DRM) is a structured diary designed to measure time use in a manner that is more valid than traditional written summary measures, but less burdensome than real-time electronic diary methods. The lower respondent burden and administration costs might make it feasible to utilize this method in large national surveys. Past studies using the DRM have generally focused on subjective mood states during different types of activities. In this study, we extended the DRM to (..)

DOI: 10.21307/stattrans-2015-024

AN INITIAL RESEARCH ON OUTPUT WELL-BEING INDEX APPLIED TO RESIDENTS IN WEALTHY COUNTIES FROM CHINA 

Zhanjun Xing/ Xiaxia Qu

Sampling from three wealthy counties in Shandong province (n = 855), this research examined the characteristics of an output well-being index, and the index shows good internal consistency reliability and ideal construct validity. It could be used as an instrument to evaluate the quality of life of Chinese citizens. The index was applied to an analysis of the quality of life of the residents from three wealthy counties. It shows that the level of the quality of life of the rural residents is hig(..)

DOI: 10.21307/stattrans-2015-025

OPERATIONALIZATION AND ESTIMATION OF BALANCED DEVELOPMENT INDEX FOR POLAND 1999-2016

Andrzej K. Koźmiński/ Adam Noga/ Katarzyna Piotrowska/ Krzysztof Zagórski

Stemming from assumption that Gross Domestic Product is an index oversimplifying economic development and not reflecting socio-economic development, the paper presents conceptualization, operationalization and estimation of Balanced Development Index (BDI), concerning both economic and social development in Poland. Actual values of this index as well as its four composite components (middle-level indexes) are presented for 1999-2013. A statistical model allowing estimation of BDI values as well (..)

DOI: 10.21307/stattrans-2015-026

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