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Subjective Well-being

Quality of life is often defined in terms of subjective well-being (SWB). SWB can be divided into two components; the cognitive component concerns life-satisfaction judgments whereas the affective component is based on the amount of pleasant and unpleasant experiences in people’s everyday lives. Both components of SWB are mainly measured by self-report.

Our research on SWB relies on both international and national survey data and focuses on several areas: the measurement of subjective well-being within and across countries; sociodemographic factors and SWB (e.g., employment, income, sex); personality factors and SWB; drivers of SWB across countries and over time.

Latest update: 2023-02-14