August 31, 2016 Taiwan citizens’ well-being ranks 16th , compared with the 38 OECD member and partnership countries (35 of OECD, plus 3 key partners Brazil, Russia and South Africa) covered in OECD’s Better Life Index, according the latest National Well-being Indicators (NWI) released by DGBAS.
- The International Composite Index of the NWI in R.O.C.(Taiwan) ranks 16th
The NWI in R.O.C. (Taiwan) is adopted from the OECD's "Better Life Index" (BLI), which identifies two aspects and 11 topics as being essential to well-being. There are three topics (housing, income, jobs) within the material living conditions aspect, and eight topics (community, education, environment, civic engagement, health, life satisfaction, safety and work-life balance) in the quality of life aspect. For purposes of international comparison and to reflect domestic characteristics, the 64 total NWI in R.O.C. (Taiwan) indicators are broken down into two sets: 24 international indicators and 40 domestic indicators.
The international indicators are based completely on the BLI's 24 indicators. After applying the data from the latest BLI reference years, the BLI of Taiwan in 2015 was 6.76 which ranks 18th out of 37 OECD member and partner countries. In addition, the 40 domestic indicators, which provide more specific information about people's lives, are presented separately, and are not included in the composite index.
- Taiwan performs better in the aspect of material living conditions than the of quality of life aspect.
Adapting from the framework of OECD's "Better Life Index"(BLI), the NWI in R.O.C.(Taiwan) identifies 2 aspects and 11 topics as essence of well-being. Three topics (housing, income, jobs) are attributed within the material living condition aspect, and eight topics else (community, education, environment, civic engagement, health, life satisfaction, safety and work-life balance) are in the aspect of quality of life. For both purposes of international comparison and domestic concern, the NWI embraces two sets of 64 indicators－ 24 international indicators and 40 domestic indicators.
For cross-country comparison, the 24 international indicators are completely based on BLI 2016 edition (4 indicators are modified from 2015 edition). Applying the data of latest BLI's reference years and taking equally weighted average of 11 topics, the composite NWI of Taiwan in 2016 is 6.96, and ranks 16th out of 39 countries, with OECD member and partnership countries.
In addition, the 40 domestic indicators, reflecting the views and concern about local people's lives, are presented separately, and not aggregated into a composite index.
- Taiwan's well-being performance falls in middle group
Displaying the outcomes of 11 topics with the traffic light dashboard suggested by OECD, the "Income and Wealth" and "Personal security" show green light (ranking in top 20% of 39 countries or in top 8). "Environmental quality" indicates red light (ranking in bottom 20% of 39 countries or in bottom 8). The other 8 topics are yellow light (ranking in mid-60% of 39 countries). As a whole, Taiwan's overall well-being falls in the middle group compared to 38 OECD member and partnership countries.
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