Long Term Trends in Quality of Life

Wednesday, 18 July 2018: 15:30-17:20
RC55 Social Indicators (host committee)

Language: English

Sometimes it seems as if we are going from crisis to crisis - whether that be economic crises or political crises. We might study how these crises affect quality of life and how the developments differ between countries or within countries between social groups.
But what about the trends over a longer period of time? Is quality of life nowadays better or worse than it was 10, 20 or 30 years ago? In this session contributions are welcomed that look at the results of research (what got better and what got worse; for which groups or which countries?), but also contributions that look at methodological issues (how to measure longitudinally progress in quality in life?). We are also interested in contributions that relate the development of quality of life to the mood of people and the rise of more populist parties/politicians.
Session Organizers:
Ruut VEENHOVEN, Erasmus University Rotterdam, Netherlands and Jeroen BOELHOUWER, The Netherlands Institute for Social Research, Netherlands
Oral Presentations
Singles in the City: A Comparison of Vienna Five Years before and after the Crisis Year 2008
Lena SEEWANN, University of Vienna, Austria; Nina-Sophie FRITSCH, Institute for Sociology and Social Research, Austria; Bernhard RIEDERER, Vienna Institute of Demography, Austrian Academy of Sciences, Austria
Life Satisfaction in Europe: Long Term Trends Explained
Marc CALLENS, Statistics Flanders, Belgium
Distributed Papers
The Structure of Happiness across Age: A Method-Mix Approach with Focus on Japan’s “Happy Youth“
Carola HOMMERICH, Hokkaido University, Japan; Koki SHIMIZU, Hokkaido University, Japan
General Well-Being and Civic Engagement. the Case of the City of Poznan
Ryszard CICHOCKI, Adam Mickiewicz University Poznan, Poland
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