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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29755178/experiential-wellbeing-data-from-the-american-time-use-survey-comparisons-with-other-methods-and-analytic-illustrations-with-age-and-income
#1
Arthur A Stone, Stefan Schneider, Alan Krueger, Joseph E Schwartz, Angus Deaton
There has been a recent upsurge of interest in self-reported measures of wellbeing by official statisticians and by researchers in the social sciences. This paper considers data from a wellbeing supplement to the American Time Use Survey (ATUS), which parsed the previous day into episodes. Respondents provided ratings of five experiential wellbeing adjectives (happiness, stress, tiredness, sadness, and pain) for each of three randomly selected episodes. Because the ATUS Well-being module has not received very much attention, in this paper we provide the reader with details about the features of these data and our approach to analyzing the data (e...
February 2018: Social Indicators Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29651193/using-new-technologies-for-time-diary-data-collection-instrument-design-and-data-quality-findings-from-a-mixed-mode-pilot-survey
#2
Stella Chatzitheochari, Kimberly Fisher, Emily Gilbert, Lisa Calderwood, Tom Huskinson, Andrew Cleary, Jonathan Gershuny
Recent years have witnessed a steady growth of time-use research, driven by the increased research and policy interest in population activity patterns and their associations with long-term outcomes. There is recent interest in moving beyond traditional paper-administered time diaries to use new technologies for data collection in order to reduce respondent burden and administration costs, and to improve data quality. This paper presents two novel diary instruments that were employed by a large-scale multi-disciplinary cohort study in order to obtain information on the time allocation of adolescents in the United Kingdom...
2018: Social Indicators Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29563661/weight-constrained-dea-measurement-of-the-quality-of-life-in-spanish-municipalities-in-2011
#3
Eduardo González, Ana Cárcaba, Juan Ventura
This paper measures quality of life (QoL) in the 393 largest Spanish municipalities in 2011. We follow recent descriptions of QoL dimensions to propose an integrated framework composed of eight dimensions: material living conditions, health, education, environment, economic and physical safety, governance and political voice, social interaction, and personal activities. Using different sources of information we construct 16 indicators, two per each of the QoL dimensions considered. Weight constrained data envelopment analysis (DEA) is then used to estimate a composite indicator of the QoL of each municipality...
2018: Social Indicators Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29563660/ethnic-diversity-inter-group-attitudes-and-countervailing-pathways-of-positive-and-negative-inter-group-contact-an-analysis-across-workplaces-and-neighbourhoods
#4
James Laurence, Katharina Schmid, Miles Hewstone
This study advances the current literature investigating the relationship between contextual out-group exposure, inter-group attitudes and the role of inter-group contact. Firstly, it introduces the concept of contact-valence into this relationship; that is, whether contact is experienced positively or negatively. Secondly, it presents a comparative analysis of how processes of out-group exposure and frequency of (valenced) contact affect prejudice across both neighbourhoods and workplaces. Applying path analysis modelling to a nationally-representative sample of white British individuals in England, we demonstrate, across both contexts, that increasing out-group exposure is associated with higher rates of both positively- and negatively-valenced contact...
2018: Social Indicators Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29563659/what-s-left-of-the-left-right-dimension-why-the-economic-policy-positions-of-europeans-do-not-fit-the-left-right-dimension
#5
Simon Otjes
In political science the economic left-right dimension plays a central role. A growing body of evidence shows that the economic policy preferences of a large segment of citizens do not scale sufficiently. Using Mokken scale analysis, this study determines the causes of this phenomenon. Differences in the extent to which the economic policy preferences of citizens fit the left-right dimension can be explained in terms of the interaction between individual level and political system-level variables: citizens who spend more attention to politicians with views that conform to the left-right dimension, have views that conform to the left-right dimension...
2018: Social Indicators Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29563658/a-health-kuznets-curve-cross-sectional-and-longitudinal-evidence-on-concentration-indices
#6
Joan Costa-Font, Cristina Hernandez-Quevedo, Azusa Sato
The distribution of income related health inequalities appears to exhibit changing patterns when both developing countries and developed countries are examined. This paper tests for the existence of a health Kuznets' curve; that is, an inverse U-shape pattern between economic developments (as measured by GDP per capita) and income-related health inequalities (as measured by concentration indices). We draw upon both cross sectional (the World Health Survey) and a long longitudinal (the European Community Household Panel survey) dataset...
2018: Social Indicators Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29497233/childhood-adversity-and-trajectories-of-disadvantage-through-adulthood-findings-from-the-stockholm-birth-cohort-study
#7
Ylva B Almquist, Lars Brännström
Children whose parents experience adverse social, economic, or health-related living conditions are more likely to face similar types of disadvantage in their adult life. However, a limitation of many earlier studies is that they do not account for the multidimensionality of the concept of living conditions, and that the child generation's life courses are targeted as static and independent from the societal context in which they are imbedded. The current investigation addressed these aspects by focusing on the complexity, duration, and timing of disadvantage with regard to how adverse circumstances in the family of origin are associated with trajectories of social, economic, and health-related living conditions across adulthood...
2018: Social Indicators Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29497232/one-size-fits-all-the-validity-of-a-composite-poverty-index-across-urban-and-rural-households-in-south-africa
#8
Janina Isabel Steinert, Lucie Dale Cluver, G J Melendez-Torres, Sebastian Vollmer
Composite indices have been prominently used in poverty research. However, validity of these indices remains subject to debate. This paper examines the validity of a common type of composite poverty indices using data from a cross-sectional survey of 2477 households in urban and rural KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. Multiple-group comparisons in structural equation modelling were employed for testing differences in the measurement model across urban and rural groups. The analysis revealed substantial variations between urban and rural respondents both in the conceptualisation of poverty as well as in the weights and importance assigned to individual poverty indicators...
2018: Social Indicators Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29497231/co-development-of-happiness-research-addition-to-fifty-years-after-the-social-indicator-movement
#9
Ruut Veenhoven
Social Indicators Research covers many topics, which each have their own history. Happiness research is one of these included topics. Longstanding interest in happiness revived since the 1960s together with the emergence of the social indicator movement. Happiness became a prominent issue in the movement and the movement has fostered the development of happiness research in several ways.
2018: Social Indicators Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29398770/measuring-economic-freedom-better-without-size-of-government
#10
Jan Ott
The Heritage Foundation and the Fraser Institute measure economic freedom in nations using indices with ten and five indicators respectively. Eight of the Heritage indicators and four of the Fraser-indicators are about specific types of institutional quality, like rule of law, the protection of property, and the provision of sound money. More of these is considered to denote more economic freedom. Both indices also involve indicators of 'big government', or levels of government activities. More of that is seen to denote less economic freedom...
2018: Social Indicators Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29398769/setting-the-weights-the-women-s-capabilities-index-for-malawi
#11
Giulia Greco
Standard indicators of wellbeing such as the QALY for health and GDP per capita for economic development have been increasingly regarded as being too narrow in focus. There is a need to develop multidimensional measures of wellbeing that encompass the full range of factors that make life worth living. This study is part of a project that aims at developing a multidimensional index based on Sen's capability framework to assess women's wellbeing in rural Malawi: the Women's Capabilities Index. The project identifies a set of capabilities relevant to the context; proposes a methodology to measure robustly these capabilities; aggregates the capabilities into a single metric (index); and validates and tests the index...
2018: Social Indicators Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29398768/changes-in-social-exclusion-indicators-and-psychological-distress-among-homeless-people-over-a-2-5-year-period
#12
Barbara Van Straaten, Gerda Rodenburg, Jorien Van der Laan, Sandra N Boersma, Judith R L M Wolf, Dike Van de Mheen
Although homelessness is inherently associated with social exclusion, homeless individuals are rarely included in conventional studies on social exclusion. Use of longitudinal survey data from a cohort study on homeless people in four major Dutch cities ( n  = 378) allowed to examine: changes in indicators of social exclusion among homeless people over a 2.5-year period after reporting to the social relief system, and associations between changes in indicators of social exclusion and changes in psychological distress...
2018: Social Indicators Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29398767/daily-temporal-pathways-a-latent-class-approach-to-time-diary-data
#13
Sarah M Flood, Rachelle Hill, Katie R Genadek
Research on daily time and how it is allocated has generally considered the time spent in specific activities. However, social theory suggests that time use is socially patterned whether by social organization, heterogeneity, and/or stratification. Drawing on four broad types of time (contracted, committed, necessary, and free), we use Multinomial Logit Latent Class Analysis to discuss eight daily temporal pathways and associations with individual characteristics. Our analysis highlights the variations and similarities across pathways, the impact of paid work in structuring daily life, the social patterning of sleep and leisure, and socio-demographic profiles of the pathways of working-age Americans...
January 2018: Social Indicators Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29398766/missing-the-unhealthy-examining-empirical-validity-of-material-deprivation-indices-mdis-using-a-partial-criterion-variable
#14
Selcuk Beduk
This study investigates the empirical validity of the material deprivation indices (MDIs) using a partial criterion variable, namely UHCNIR (unmet health care need due to inadequate resources). This alternative approach helps to assess absolute validity (Type I and II errors) and sources of error in the measurement of poverty for a specific aspect of poverty (in this case inability to receive adequate health care due to affordability problems). A simple mismatch analysis identifies a sizable group, around 1% of the adult EU population, missed by MDIs despite being in UHCNIR...
2018: Social Indicators Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28694561/socioeconomic-inequalities-in-health-in-china-a-reassessment-with-data-from-the-2010-2012-china-family-panel-studies
#15
Hongwei Xu, Yu Xie
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
May 2017: Social Indicators Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29187771/who-are-your-joneses-socio-specific-income-inequality-and-trust
#16
Fabian Stephany
Trust is a good approach to explain the functioning of markets, institutions or society as a whole. It is a key element in almost every commercial transaction over time and might be one of the main explanations of economic success and development. Trust diminishes the more we perceive others to have economically different living realities. In most of the relevant contributions, scholars have taken a macro perspective on the inequality-trust linkage, with an aggregation of both trust and inequality on a country level...
2017: Social Indicators Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28983145/the-measure-matters-an-investigation-of-evaluative-and-experience-based-measures-of-wellbeing-in-time-use-data
#17
Paul Dolan, Laura Kudrna, Arthur Stone
Measures of subjective wellbeing (SWB) are used to understand how people think and feel about their lives and experiences. But the measure used matters to conclusions about how well people's lives are going. This research compares life evaluations and experienced SWB using nationally representative time use diaries, advancing previous research because diaries are less subject to recall biases than other, more popular methods. Analyses of over 20,000 US residents in 2012-2013 show life evaluations are more closely associated with positive and negative affect than experienced meaningfulness...
2017: Social Indicators Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28931968/assessing-changes-in-household-socioeconomic-status-in-rural-south-africa-2001-2013-a-distributional-analysis-using-household-asset-indicators
#18
Chodziwadziwa W Kabudula, Brian Houle, Mark A Collinson, Kathleen Kahn, Stephen Tollman, Samuel Clark
Understanding the distribution of socioeconomic status (SES) and its temporal dynamics within a population is critical to ensure that policies and interventions adequately and equitably contribute to the well-being and life chances of all individuals. This study assesses the dynamics of SES in a typical rural South African setting over the period 2001-2013 using data on household assets from the Agincourt Health and Demographic Surveillance System. Three SES indices, an absolute index, principal component analysis index and multiple correspondence analysis index, are constructed from the household asset indicators...
2017: Social Indicators Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28931967/can-we-trust-measures-of-political-trust-assessing-measurement-equivalence-in-diverse-regime-types
#19
Irena Schneider
Do standard "trust in government" survey questions deliver measures which are reliable and equivalent in meaning across diverse regime types? I test for the measurement equivalence of political trust in a sample of 35 former Soviet and European countries using the 2010 Life in Transition Survey II conducted by the World Bank and European Bank for Reconstruction and Development. Employing multiple group confirmatory factor analysis, I find that trust perceptions in central political institutions differ from (1) trust in regional and local political institutions, (2) trust in protective institutions like the armed forces and police and (3) trust in order institutions like the courts and police...
2017: Social Indicators Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28890596/explaining-accessibility-and-satisfaction-related-to-healthcare-a-mixed-methods-approach
#20
Pablo Cabrera-Barona, Thomas Blaschke, Stefan Kienberger
Accessibility and satisfaction related to healthcare services are conceived as multidimensional concepts. These concepts can be studied using objective and subjective measures. In this study, we created two indices: a composite healthcare accessibility index (CHCA) and a composite healthcare satisfaction index (CHCS). To calculate the CHCA index we used three indicators based on three components of multidimensional healthcare accessibility: availability, acceptability and accessibility. In the indicator based on the component of accessibility, we included an innovative perceived time-decay parameter...
2017: Social Indicators Research
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