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Overarching Frameworks

Treasury's understanding of the term living standards goes beyond the narrow material definition - often proxied by GDP - to incorporate a broad range of material and non-material factors such as trust, education, health and environmental quality. Sometimes this is also called well-being or subjective happiness.

In taking a broad approach to understanding living standards, Treasury is in line with other economic institutions internationally such as the OECD’s Better Life Index, the United States Treasury, the International Monetary Fund and the Australian Treasury’s Wellbeing Framework. To read the 'Full Living Standards' paper, click here.

On the other hand, the Living Standards tool, with its five “points”, is intended as a way of helping policy analysts to consider a manageable list of the key issues that make the most difference considering the environment in which policy decisions are being taken now. The Living Standards policy tool strength is that it is more tractable; its weakness is that it cannot be comprehensive. Link to the tool page can be found here.

Please contribute to the Living Standards Knowledge Hub by adding your research and analysis here | measurement and statistics here.

Research and Analysis

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TitleSub-categoriesOrganisationDateUploaded by
Abstracts from the retirement and Te Kupenga talks at the Nov 2014 conferenceLiving conditions
Social connection and governance
The Treasury2014Margaret Galt
Working together for Higher Living Standards: An Academic Perspective handoutLiving conditionsLincoln University (Staff)2014Margaret Galt
Monitoring Progress and wellbeing though a regional council lensCulture and identity
Economy
Living conditions
Social connection and governance
Wellington Regional Council2014Margaret Galt
The Journey So FarLiving conditionsThe Treasury2014Margaret Galt
Wellington Region Genuine Progress Index (WR-GPI)Living conditionsWellington Regional Council2014Margaret Galt
Appendix to the Analysis of Indicator Frameworks for CommonalityLiving conditionsMassey University (Staff)2014Margaret Galt
Analysis of Indicator Frameworks for CommonalityLiving conditionsMassey University (Staff)2014Margaret Galt
'A fair go' in public policyEconomy
Health
Living conditions
Social connection and governance
Water
Environment Canterbury2014David Bromell
Workshop Notes From Measurement to Policy October 2013Biodiversity
Culture and identity
Economy
Living conditions
Social connection and governance
Work, knowledge and skills
The Treasury2013Margaret Galt
DISCOVERING COMMUNITY POWER: A GUIDE TO MOBILIZING LOCAL ASSETS AND YOUR ORGANIZATION’S CAPACITYSocial connection and governanceOther2005Graciela Rivera-Munoz
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Measurement and Statistics

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Indicator NameData SourceSub-categoriesFrequencyUploaded by
Sustainable Development GoalsOtherAir and atmosphere
Biodiversity
Culture and identity
Economy
Energy
Health
Innovation
Land use
Living conditions
Population
Social connection and governance
Transport
Waste
Water
Work, knowledge and skills
One-offAmy Thomson
OECD Better Life Index - Adjusted - Austrian PreferencesOtherAd-hocJoey Au
Does Money Buy Me Love? Testing Alternative Measures of National WellbeingMotuOne-offJoey Au
OECD Better Life IndexOtherAir and atmosphere
Biodiversity
Culture and identity
Economy
Energy
Health
Innovation
Land use
Living conditions
Population
Social connection and governance
Transport
Waste
Water
Work, knowledge and skills
Ad-hocJoey Au

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Source: OECD

Source: Ministry of Social Development


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