COVID-19 and Well-being

Life in the Pandemic

COVID-19 and Well-being: Life in the Pandemic explores the immediate implications of the pandemic for people’s lives and livelihoods in OECD countries. The report charts the course of well-being – from jobs and incomes through to social connections, health, work-life balance, safety and more – using data collected during the first 12-15 months of the pandemic. It also takes stock of what has happened to human, economic, social and natural capital that, beyond their effects on people’s lives today, shape living conditions for years to come. It shows how COVID-19 has had far-reaching consequences for how we live, work and connect with one another, and how experiences of the pandemic varied widely, depending on whether and where people work, their gender, age, race and ethnicity, education and income levels. The report also examines the role that well-being evidence can play in supporting governments’ pandemic recovery efforts. It argues that a well-being lens can prompt policy-makers to refocus on the outcomes that matter the most to people, to redesign policy content from a more multidimensional perspective, to realign policy practice across government silos, and to reconnect people with the public institutions that serve them.

Published on November 25, 2021Also available in: French


Reader’s guide
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Executive summary
Building back better lives: Using a well-being lens to refocus, redesign, realign and reconnect
Material conditions in the first year of COVID-19
Quality of life in the first year of COVID-19
Community relations in the first year of COVID-19
Inclusion, material conditions and COVID-19
Inclusion, quality of life and COVID‑19
Inclusion, community relations and COVID-19
Economic capital and COVID-19
Human capital and COVID-19
Social capital and COVID-19
Natural capital and COVID-19
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