Working Papers

  • 28-November-2012


    What makes for a better life? The determinants of subjective well-being in OECD countries: evidence from the Gallup World Poll

    Statistics Working Paper N. 47- 2012/3 - This Statistics Working Paper, uses data from the Gallup World Poll to explore the determinants of subjective well-being. The paper builds on the existing literature on the determinants of subjective well-being in three areas. First, the paper systematically examines the drivers of measures of affect as well as the determinants of life satisfaction that are more prevalent in the existing

  • 28-November-2012


    Measuring the evolution of Korea's material living standards, 1980-2010

    Statistics Working Paper N. 45- 2012/2 - This Statistics Working Paper, based on a production-theoretic framework, measures the effects of real output prices, primary inputs, multi-factor productivity growth, and depreciation on Korea’s real net income growth over the past 30 years. The empirical analysis is based on a new dataset for Korea with detailed information on labour and capital inputs, including series on land and

  • 31-January-2012


    Exploring determinants of subjective wellbeing in OECD countries: evidence from the world values survey

    Statistics Working Paper N. 46- 2012/1 - The paper explores issues with assessing wellbeing in OECD countries based on self-reported life satisfaction surveys in a pooled regression over time and countries, at the country level and the OECD average. The results, which are in line with previous studies of subjective wellbeing, show that, apart from income, the state of health, not being unemployed, and social relationships are

  • 24-November-2011


    New understanding and insights from time-series data based on two generic measures: S-Time-Distance and S-Time-Step

    Statistics Working Paper N. 44- 2011/9 - Time distance is an innovative approach for looking at time-series data. Expressed in time units, the approach is easy to understand and provides a useful complement to existing methods. The time distance approach compares time series in the horizontal dimension, i.e. for a given level of the variable, based on two generic statistical measures: S-time-distance and S-time-step. These measures

  • 23-November-2011


    Linking policies to well-being outcomes through micro-simulation

    Statistics Working Paper N. 43- 2011/8 - This OECD Statistics Working Paper looks at four major areas of social policies– health status, literacy and learning, economic security, and economic inequality– with the aim of understanding how to link broad outcome measures of progress in these areas, on the one hand, and the policies bearing on them, on the other. Emphasis is given to the powerful benefits to be derived from coupling

  • 25-October-2011


    Incorporating estimates of household production of non-market services into international comparisons of material well-being

    Statistics Working Paper N. 42- 2011/7 - This Statistics Working Paper reports on work undertaken within the Statistics Directorate to measure the value of household production of non-market services, in order to better compare material well-being across countries. The work is being conducted under the aegis of the National Accounts Working Party and as input into the broader OECD activity on Measuring Progress. It responds to the

  • 13-October-2011


    Measuring the stock of human capital for comparative analysis: an application of the lifetime income approach to selected countries

    Statistics Working Paper N. 41- 2011/6 - This paper summarizes the outcomes of the first phase of the OECD human capital project. In so doing, it shows the feasibility of applying the lifetime income approach to measuring human capital forcomparative analysis, both across countries and over time. It also highlights the feasibility of applying the methodology to the categorical data (i.e. by 5-year or 10-year age group) that are

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  • 12-October-2011


    Measuring the joint distribution of household’s income, consumption and wealth using nested Atkinson measures

    Statistics Working Paper N. 40- 2011/5 - Following recommendations from the Stiglitz-Sen-Fitoussi Commission (2009), this OECD Statistics Working Paper proposes the use of a new methodology to measure the joint distribution of households. income, consumption and wealth. Based on a multidimensional extension of the Atkinson generalized mean framework, the paper justifies the application of this methodology based on a set of standard

  • 31-May-2011


    Cycle extraction: a comparison of the phase-average trend method, the Hodrick-Prescott and Christiano-Fitzgerald filters

    Statistics Working Paper N. 39- 2011/4 - This paper reports on revision properties of different de-trending and smoothing methods (cycle estimation methods), including PAT with MCD smoothing, a double Hodrick-Prescott (HP) filter and the Christiano-Fitzgerald (CF) filter. The different cycle estimation methods are rated on their revision performance in a simulated real time experiment. Our goal is to find a robust method that gives

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