Social and welfare issues


How's Life? 2020

Measuring Well-being

How’s Life? charts whether life is getting better for people in 37 OECD countries and 4 partner countries. This fifth edition presents the latest evidence from an updated set of over 80 indicators, covering current well-being outcomes, inequalities, and resources for future well-being. Since 2010, people’s well-being has improved in many respects, but progress has been slow or deteriorated in others, including how people connect with each other and their government. Large gaps by gender, age and education persist across most well-being outcomes. Generally, OECD countries that do better on average also feature greater equality between population groups and fewer people living in deprivation. Many OECD countries with poorer well-being in 2010 have since experienced the greatest gains. However, advances in current well-being have not always been matched by improvements in the resources that sustain well-being over time, with warning signs emerging across natural, human, economic and social capital. Beyond an overall analysis of well-being trends since 2010, this report explores in detail the 15 dimensions of the OECD Better Life Initiative, including health, subjective well-being, social connections, natural capital, and more, and looks at each country’s performance in dedicated country profiles.

Published on March 09, 2020 Latest available edition in: French, Chinese, Korean, Spanish

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Reader’s guide
Executive summary
How’s Life? in OECD countries
Income and Wealth
Work and Job Quality
Knowledge and Skills
Environmental Quality
Subjective Well-being
Work-Life Balance
Social Connections
Civic Engagement
Economic Capital
Natural Capital
Human Capital
Social Capital
Country profiles37 chapters available
How’s Life in Australia?
How’s Life in Austria?
How’s Life in Belgium?
How’s Life in Canada?
How’s Life in Chile?
How’s Life in Colombia?
How’s Life in the Czech Republic?
How’s Life in Denmark?
How’s Life in Estonia?
How’s Life in Finland?
How’s Life in France?
How’s Life in Germany?
How’s Life in Greece?
How’s Life in Hungary?
How’s Life in Iceland?
How’s Life in Ireland?
How’s Life in Israel?
How’s Life in Italy?
How’s Life in Japan?
How’s Life in Korea?
How’s Life in Latvia?
How’s Life in Lithuania?
How’s Life in Luxembourg?
How’s Life in Mexico?
How’s Life in the Netherlands?
How’s Life in New Zealand?
How’s Life in Norway?
How’s Life in Poland?
How’s Life in Portugal?
How’s Life in the Slovak Republic?
How’s Life in Slovenia?
How’s Life in Spain?
How’s Life in Sweden?
How’s Life in Switzerland?
How’s Life in Turkey?
How’s Life in the United Kingdom?
How’s Life in the United States?
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