07 Aug '12, 3pm

As the head of the USA's central bank comes out in favour of measuring well-being, we explain why it's so important

As the head of the USA's central bank comes out in favour of measuring well-being, we explain why it's so important

Government decisions have a wide ranging impact on our lives – from the quality of the air we breathe to the design of our towns and cities and pretty much everything in between. So those making decisions on our behalf should have access to the best evidence about whether those decisions will result in positive or negative impacts. A crucial contribution to that evidence comes from well-being measures, which reveal links between well-being and all sorts of aspects of people’s lives that are affected by policy decisions, including employment status, housing conditions and air pollution. As a UK government source said at the time of the launch of the UK’s national well-being programme: " Next time we have a comprehensive spending review, let’s not just guess what effect various policies will have on people’s well-being. Let’s actually know

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