A hybrid version of well-being: An attempt at operationalisation

  • Tomasz Kwarciński Department of Philosophy Cracow University of Economics
  • Paweł Ulman Department of Social Statistics Cracow University of Economics
Keywords: well-being, hybrid well-being, capability approach, autonomy, adaptation

Abstract

Objectives: This paper aims to investigate the possibility of constructing a hybrid version of well-being and making an attempt at its operationalisation.

Research Design & Methods: The theoretical framework is based on the capability approach of Amartya Sen and Martha Nussbaum, while the empirical part of the paper refers to a fuzzy set theory.

Findings: We propose three measures of hybrid well-being, referring to (1) the minimum formula, (2) a mobility index, and (3) the concept of internalities.

Implications / Recommendations: We are convinced that it is not only possible to create a philosophically informed measure of well-being, but also that this kind of measure can be crucial in the context of public policy due to its sensitivity to autonomy and adaptation problems.

Contribution / Value Added: Findings of this research can be seen as an attempt to merge philosophical investigation with economics theories and applications.

Author Biographies

Tomasz Kwarciński, Department of Philosophy Cracow University of Economics

ul. Rakowicka 27
31-510 Kraków

Paweł Ulman, Department of Social Statistics Cracow University of Economics

ul. Rakowicka 27
31-510 Kraków

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Published
2019-03-25