Box 4.3Distribution of subjective well-being among OECD and emerging countries (OECD, 2011a)

In How's Life?, the OECD used the gap between the 10th and 90th percentiles as a measure of distribution (the “90/10 gap”). Conceptually similar to the interquartile range, the 90/10 gap was used because the clustered nature of life satisfaction responses meant that the interquartile range provided little to distinguish between countries.

Options for aggregation, specific to each scale, include:

From: 4, Output and analysis of subjective well-being measures

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