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Spring, May 1999, Number 58

How has Italy Changed Socially in Recent Decades?
A New Volume in the Comparative Charting of Social Change Series.

Abbott Ferriss summarizes the information found in "World Resources 1998-99".
"This world report links environmental change with human health."

Subjective Well-Being Among Europeans

Kenneth Land reviews The Continuing Significance of Race Revisted:
A Study of Race, Class, and Quality of Life in America, 1972 to 1996 published in American Sociological Review.

A review and a Critique of the Work of the United Nations Development Programme

Kenneth Land discusses two recently published articles in The Futurist.
John Marks Templeton in "A Worldwide Rise in Living Standards" shows that, by any yardstick, standards of living are improving around the world.
Richard Eckersley's article "Is Life Really Getting Better?" notes that the data on living standards are incomplete or open for different interpretations.

A Note on Happiness, Money, and Time

Abbott Ferriss reviews the U.S. General Social Survey (GSS) answer to "the degree to which an individual judges the overall quality of his life as a whole

Commentary on the Construction of the Fordham Index of Social Health

Michael Hagerty exposes a negative bias found in social indicators, and provides a statistical solution.

Canadian and American: Who is doing better Economically?

Kenneth Land reviews this paper presented by Andrew Sharpe at the ISQOLS conference. The paper shows,
"on average, Canadians enjoy lower levels of material well-being, but ...the bottom third of Canadians are better off than their American counterparts."


Joseph Sirgy summerizes the activities at the 1998 International Society for Quality-of-Life Studies annual conference.


Robert Parke, Jr.
Tenure-track Faculty Position, Johns Hopkins
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