Sunday, November 23, 2014 
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Coordinating and Sustaining Federal Statistics

Decennial Census and American Community Survey

Economic Measurement

Federal Household and Business Surveys

Health and Social Welfare

Principles and Practices for a Federal Statistical Agency

Science Technology and Innovation (STI) Indicators

Statistical Methods and Estimates for Policy Use

Subjective Well-Being: Measuring Happiness, Suffering, and Other Dimensions of Experience

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Report Brief

Press Release


This new report from the Committee on National Statistics concludes that gathering survey data on “experienced” well-being would be valuable for informing specific, targeted policy questions such as improving the living and working conditions of different population groups. Most compellingly, these data could help identify subpopulations that are suffering and aid research in the sources of and remedy for that suffering. The report cautions that this kind of data collection should be pursued in experimental surveys or included in large surveys on a pilot basis until more is understood about the validity and accuracy of responses.

Sponsors: U.S. National Institute on Aging and the U.K. Economic and Social Research Council

The National Academies