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In his vision of a no-growth, non-GDP-focused world existing and flourishing within ecological limits, UK sustainability expert Tim Jackson dodges some fundamental issues, according to Andrew Pendleton.

Toronto has launched a unique website that could change how residents decide where to live, how charities decide where to operate, and how politicians decide where to spend taxpayers’ money.

The City of Toronto’s long-awaited Wellbeing Toronto map site launched today, giving users the ability to map 140 officially-defined neighbourhoods by dozens of different data points, from arson to breast cancer screening to sports facilities.

Federal employees, however, lag behind all workers in workplace wellbeing

In advance of the Fourth of July, a look at public efforts to promote happiness—and what our governments can learn from them

Underemployment also adversely affects life ratings of Americans aged 30 to 64

One of the great lessons of the Clinton presidency in the US was that national prosperity creates a more coherent and ordered society.

Thailand like many Asian countries has focused on rising GDP and national income as a sign of success but is that focus misplaced Sulak Sivaraksa thinks it is. (video interview)

We are happier and better educated – but we're also fatter, fewer businesses are opening and more people are unemployed, a new report has found.

Australian's are the happiest people in the world, according to an index measuring quality of life compiled by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development.

Throughout the past two centuries economic growth has translated to an increased capability to support more humans with Earth’s available resources.

Economists who praised Tunisia’s good growth before its revolution were looking at the wrong indicators, according to research that could hold important lessons for countries across the Middle East.

How happy are we? The question, though subjective, has created a stir in the community of economists, more so in the community of welfare economists. Indians are yet to develop a way for measuring it. For that matter, few countries have.

Many people get sucked into the belief that having more money is the key to a better life. But it’s not.

A mighty contest whose outcome will determine China’s future

The momentousness of change during the past 10 years inspired the editors of the Gallup Management Journal to review how Gallup covered events during this period.

Are city-dwellers less capable of dealing with stress than country-folk?

Largest gender differences in the Middle East and South Asia

Does money buy happiness? Are people living in rich countries happier than people in poorer countries?

On June 11, the 5th Forum on China Economic Growth and Business Cycle in Beijing listed Guangzhou as one of the top five places to live in China.

Representatives from over 20 Africa countries are meeting in Kigali to discuss measures of attaining human development as well as creating awareness of the concept.

Video Aleem Walji, practice manager for innovation at the World Bank Institute, which assists and advises policy makers and NGOs, tells the Guardian's Activate summit in London about the organisation's commitment to open data

Physical health, healthy behaviors, access to basics all worse for low-income Britons

The propaganda specialists in Guangdong Province must have seen this one coming: Chinese aren’t very happy.

People who take part in their communities and governments are happier than those who don't

The "pursuit of happiness" is written right into the Declaration of Independence. From that declaration came a proclamation in Seattle Monday, as City Council President Richard Conlin endorsed "The Happiness Initiative."

Is happiness really all it's cracked up to be? It's not as strange a question as it sounds.

The Seattle City Council has unanimously endorsed The Happiness Initiative, reports Sustainable Seattle, an organization that develops regional indicators of well-being and sustainability.

Beijing, Shanghai and Tianjin cities of China have topped the list of the country's well-being index prepared by scholars as part of an academic report.

The City Seattle Council has unanimously endorsed The Happiness Initiative, a program of Sustainable Seattle. City Council President Richard Conlin will present the Proclamation of support to Laura Musikanski, Executive Director of Sustainable Seattle.

Disgruntled Migrants Dent Image Party Chief Wants to Project in China's Manufacturing Center

Beijing, Shanghai and Tianjin topped the charts of a well-being index that is part of an academic report released on Saturday.

Whenever I read policy statements about the value of high quality tertiary education and how it can be measured, I wonder why policy makers all over the world keep making the same mistakes.

The formula takes into consideration, among other things, outdoor activity, social interaction or temperature.

While Camden County remains in the bottom half of New Jersey counties when it comes to child well-being, it has shown a slight improvement, according to the latest Kids Count report.

Late last month, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development released its first-ever Your Better Life Index - a tool that's part of a larger initiative to gauge the well-being and progress of society in its 34 member countries. 

Older people fare better in wealthier European nations

At this century's start, leaders from every country agreed to pursue the United Nations' Millennium Development Goals.

Helsinki moved from 5th to 1st in Monocle's 2011 Quality of Life survey which judges the 25 most livable cities in the world.

You probably missed the recent special issue of China Newsweek, so let me bring you up to date.

Asha Rose Migiro, UN deputy secretary-general, said in the United Nations Tuesday that improving the health of women and children can spur significant progress towards the Millennium Development Goals on many fronts, despite tough economic conditions.

Should we measure a country's success by an outdated money-based metric, or look at other important factors, like happiness?

The UN Children’s Fund today congratulated the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunization on its London conference in which public and private donors pledged $4.3 billion, which it said will save millions of lives.

The quality of life in Beijing is worse than in other metropolitan cities in China like Guangzhou and Shanghai, says a new report.

Really we have grasped a strange paradox. It is gross domestic product.

There are many statistical and methodological challenges in estimating the annual Human Development Index.

For some people, Venezuela might seem like a stressing and overwhelming place, where the social system works within some sort of controlled chaos with an apparently everlasting background of poverty and a history of autocratic governments.

The Nordic model may not be perfect, but as recent OECD/Unicef analyses indicate, Scandinavian countries consistently fare among the best internationally on all the indicators of children’s wellbeing.

A new study has revealed that people who are less educated and have a lower income have a lower health-related quality of life over their whole lifespan than their wealthier and better-educated counterparts, and the gap is already fixed at age 20.

There is more to happiness than raw economic growth. What happens when you measure countries by employment, health care, and life satisfaction? The United States and Europe run in opposite directions.

When it comes to broad implementation of responsible business practices, company size matters most.

But UAE has one of lowest unemployment rates in region

Activate asks Aleem Walji of The World Bank Institute, can entrepreneurs be both for profit, and for good?

Greece has made progress in tackling its debt crisis but cannot afford to relax the pace of reforms, the International Monetary Fund's (IMF) senior representative in Greece told a banking conference on Tuesday.

African countries should develop closer cross-border ties in dealing with traditional and emerging partners so they can boost sustainable and inclusive growth, according to the African Economic Outlook 2011, launched today.

Denmark regularly ranks among the world's happiest countries, and it also saved most Danish Jews during World War II. What explains the society's success?

What makes people happy? The question, which has been debated by philosophers for centuries, now is being tackled by international bureaucrats and the results are interesting, to say the least.

If Minnesota was truly committed to helping improve life for all its citizens, what would our state look like? We don’t have to imagine it; we just have to look at certain countries around the world already doing it.

The latest results from the International Wellbeing Study are producing interesting results, including that older people are happier, people in relationships are doing well, and New Zealanders’ level of happiness compares well with other countries.

Global economic leadership will soon pass from the US to China, leaving nation little time to prepare for a new role.

China is making huge strides in increasing its economic and military influence in Southeast Asia and around the world, but is not meeting its commitment to be a global leader due to a lack of progress on political reform, human rights, and support for rogue regimes, according to Sen.

Most of us would agree that economic growth is a good thing. We should be celebrating the fact that at the end of the first quarter of 2011, Hong Kong's GDP grew 7.2 percent while the mainland achieved a rate of 9.7 percent in the previous 12 months.

Since the adoption of the multi-currency system, the economic outlook has apparently been positive.

How the world will use the internet in 2015

I'm now back from China, and I'm going to resist the temptation to draw grand, sweeping conclusions based on two weeks jaunting around the country.

The Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development last week held an important meeting on the occasion of its 50th anniversary.


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