Beyond Facts: Understanding Quality of Life, Development in the Americas 2009

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Traditionally, the concept of quality of life has been viewed through objective indicators of living conditions, basic needs, or capabilities. In Beyond Facts, the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) looks at quality of life through a new lens, namely, the perceptions of millions of Latin Americans. Using an enhanced version of the recently created Gallup World Poll that incorporates Latin America–specific questions, the IDB surveyed people from throughout the region and found that reality and perceptions of ...
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Overview


Traditionally, the concept of quality of life has been viewed through objective indicators of living conditions, basic needs, or capabilities. In Beyond Facts, the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) looks at quality of life through a new lens, namely, the perceptions of millions of Latin Americans. Using an enhanced version of the recently created Gallup World Poll that incorporates Latin America–specific questions, the IDB surveyed people from throughout the region and found that reality and perceptions of quality of life are often very different. Despite the rise of menial, low-paying employment, Latin Americans are largely satisfied with their jobs. Although greater income is associated with greater satisfaction, faster growth actually lessens satisfaction. These surprising findings have enormous significance for the political economy of the region and provide a wealth of information for policymakers and development practitioners to feast upon. Beyond Facts attempts to explain these apparent anomalies and consider their implications for both politics and policy.
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This book serves as a complement to traditional neoclassical economic and public policy literature. The presentation and analysis are useful guides for anyone interested in the relationship between reality and perception, relevant to development and public policy. The book eschews reliance on traditional indicators of quality of life and instead asks Latin Americans, through opinion polls, about their perception of their quality of life. The authors use regional, national, and international data to add both breadth and depth to their analysis. The book combines sociology, politics, culture, public opinion analysis, and economics to explain quality of life and issues surrounding it in an accessible, interesting manner.
— S. Amin Gutiérrez de Pińeres

Choice - S. Amin Gutiérrez De Pińeres
This book serves as a complement to traditional neoclassical economic and public policy literature. The presentation and analysis are useful guides for anyone interested in the relationship between reality and perception, relevant to development and public policy. The book eschews reliance on traditional indicators of quality of life and instead asks Latin Americans, through opinion polls, about their perception of their quality of life. The authors use regional, national, and international data to add both breadth and depth to their analysis. The book combines sociology, politics, culture, public opinion analysis, and economics to explain quality of life and issues surrounding it in an accessible, interesting manner.
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The Inter-American Development Bank is the main source of multilateral financing for economic, social, and institutional development projects as well as trade and regional integration programs in Latin America and the Caribbean.

Carlos Scartascini is Senior Economist in the Research Department, Inter-American Development Bank, USA.

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Table of Contents

  • Preface
  • Acknowledgments
    Part I: Setting the Stage
  1. Quality of Life Viewed through Another Lens
  2. The Personality of Quality of Life Perceptions
  3. The Conflictive Relationship between Income and Satisfaction
  4. Satisfaction beyond Income

  5. Part II: Facts and Perceptions in Action
  6. Getting a Pulse on Health Quality
  7. Learning about Education Quality and Perceptions
  8. Rethinking Conventional Wisdom on Job Quality
  9. Urban Quality of Life: More than Bricks and Mortar

  10. Part III: The Curtain Call
  11. The People's Choice? The Rold of Opinions in the Policymaking Process

  • References
  • Index

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