Happiness Adjusted Life Years [chapter]

Ruut Veenhoven
2014 Encyclopedia of Quality of Life and Well-Being Research  
Happy life expectancy (HLE); Happy life years (HLY); Quality adjusted life years (QALY) DEFINITION How long and happy people live. For individuals this can be assessed only once they have died. For populations it can be estimated by combining average happiness as assessed in surveys with average longevity as assessed using civil registration. The focus of this lemma is on happiness adjusted life years in nations. DESCRIPTION How to assess how well a nation is doing? One way is to look at the
more » ... lity of life of the people who live there. This view is gaining prominence, both among policy makers and the general public. Yet it begs the question of what quality of life is precisely and how it can be measured comprehensively.
doi:10.1007/978-94-007-0753-5_1225 fatcat:wy2p5dex7nf57jmhhmz3mw54py