Economics, Ecology, and Quality of Life: Who Evaluates?

Citation:

O’Hara, Sabine U. 1999. “Economics, Ecology, and Quality of Life: Who Evaluates?” Feminist Economics 5 (2): 83–9.

Author: Sabine U. O'Hara

Abstract:

Measures of the Quality of Life have always raised questions about what indicators and valuation methods best represent human well-being. This paper argues that the “what” is inseparably linked to “who” is included in the selection and valuation process. It is argued that operative biases undervalue and even neglect the most basic aspects of the quality of life, namely those services provided in households, communities and nature which sustain the social and environmental context of human life.

Keywords: feminist methodology, context, local participation, quality of life, sustainability

Topics: Economies, Ecological Economics, Feminist Economics, Environment

Year: 1999

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