For many years, focusing on people's well-being and societal progress, the OECD has been looking not only at the functioning of the economic system but also at the diverse experiences and living conditions of people and households. Measuring well-being and progress is a key priority that the OECD is pursuing as part of the Better Life Initiative through various streams of research and on-going work. The OECD is pursuing an ambitious agenda with the aim to develop better well-being metrics, and is also providing analysis in order to bridge the gap between existing well-being metrics and policy intervention.
The 2017 edition presents the latest evidence from 50 indicators, with a focus on changes in well-being since 2005. During this period there have been signs of progress, but gains in some aspects of life have been offset by losses elsewhere. This year’s report includes an in-depth review of well-being inequalities and how to measure them, and shows that gaps in people’s achievements and opportunities extend right across the different dimensions of well-being. It exposes divisions according to age, gender, education, and wealth, and reveals pockets of inequality in all OECD countries. It also brings to light the many well-being disadvantages that migrants face in adapting to life abroad. Additionally, the report examines governance as seen from the citizen’s perspective, revealing divides between public institutions and the people they serve. Finally, it provides well-being country profiles, pinpointing strengths, challenges and changes in well-being over time in 41 countries.
These country notes present selected findings from the How’s Life? report, and show what users of the Better Life Index in specific countries are telling us about their well-being priorities.
Updated on 15 November 2017
The OECD is continuing the dialogue on well-being through various events including the OECD World Forums on Statistics, Knowledge and Policy.
On 27-29 November 2018, the OECD and Statistics Korea are co-organising the 6th OECD World Forum on Statistics, Knowledge and Policy, in Incheon, Korea. More information, including the preliminary agenda, will be available in early 2018.