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The Wellbeing of the Nation 2017


Central Statistics Office (CSO)

Subject Keywords: Economy, Work, Education, Housing, Environment, Governance, Equality, Health, Public Safety
Type: Report
Region: Republic of Ireland

The CSO has published The Wellbeing of the Nation. This new publication attempts to address the question how do people feel about their lives as a whole.

The requirement for a set of national well-being or progress indicators has grown in recent years. Government and policy-makers need to know how Ireland is performing in a general sense, need data to assess economic and social conditions in the country, and require evidence to evaluate policy outcomes. Objective, independent, and important information will also be useful to the citizens of Ireland to aid their decision-making from both personal and business perspectives.

The publication of the Report of the Commission on the Measurement of Economic Performance and Social Progress in 2009 brought the question of priorities to the fore for official statistics.[1] This report was carried out by Nobel laureate economists Joseph Stiglitz and Amartya Sen and co-ordinated by French economist Jean-Paul Fitoussi. It was a result of a commission established by French President Nicolas Sarkozy in 2008 entitled the ‘Commission on the Measurement of Economic Performance and Social Progress’. The resultant report focused on the strengths and weaknesses of GDP, the quality of life measurement over the previous 30 years, and highlighted some problems with measuring sustainability.

One of the main arguments of the report was that, while a major economic indicator such as Gross Domestic Product (GDP) is a useful measure of the overall progress of an economy, it tells us little about the actual well-being of citizens or the distribution of economic success or failure amongst a nation’s citizens.[2] It posits that other indicators such as health, education, and social connectedness are also required to supplement the more traditional economic indicators in measuring the progress of a society in full.




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Suggested citation:

Central Statistics Office (CSO). (2017) The Wellbeing of the Nation 2017 [Online]. Available from: [Accessed: 15th August 2018].


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