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AuthorMichalos, Alex C. author
TitleNorth American Social Report [electronic resource] : A Comparative Study of the Quality of Life in Canada and the USA from 1964 to 1974.Vol. 5: Economics, Religion and Morality / by Alex C. Michalos
ImprintDordrecht : Springer Netherlands, 1982
Connect tohttp://dx.doi.org/10.1007/978-94-010-9559-4
Descript 247 p. online resource

SUMMARY

For readers who intend to read this volume without reading the first, some inยญ troductory remarks are in order about the scope of the work and the strategy used in all five volumes to measure the qUality of life. In the frrst chapter of Volume I, I reviewed the relevant recent literature on social indicators and soยญ cial reporting, and explained all the general difficulties involved in such work. It would be redundant to repeat that discussion here, but there are some fundamental points that are worth mentioning. Readers who fmd this account too brief should consult the longer discussion. The basic question that will be answered in this work is this: Is there a difference in the quality of life in Canada and the United States of America, and if so, in which country is it better? Alternatively, one could put the question thus: If one individual were randomly selected out of Canada and another out of the United States, would there be important qualitative differences, and if so, which one would probably be better off? To simplify matters, I often use the terms 'Canadian' and 'American' as abbreviations for 'a randomly selected resident' of Canada or the United States, respecยญ tively


CONTENT

12: Economics -- 1. Introduction -- 2. Goals -- 3. National accounts -- 4. Gross national product -- 5. Manufacturing productivity -- 6. Income and saving -- 7. Equity, equality, and efficiency -- 8. Male, female living standards -- 9. Earnings gaps -- 10. Gini coefficients and wealth -- 11. Corporate concentration -- 12. Inflation -- 13. Taxes -- 14. Work and unemployment -- 15. Poverty -- 16. Bankruptcy -- 17. Balance of payments -- 18. Net public debt -- 19. Foreign direct investment -- 20. Summary and results -- Notes -- Tables, Figures, and Charts -- 13: Religion -- 1. Introduction -- 2. Religion in life -- 3. Reason and compassion -- 4. Indicator limitations -- 5. Affiliation and attendance -- 6. Beliefs -- 7. Influence, confidence, and significance -- 8. Summary and results -- Notes -- Tables, Figures and Charts -- 14: Morality and Social Customs -- 1. Introduction -- 2. Marriage -- 3. Families -- 4. Divorce -- 5. Personal problems and future -- 6. National problems -- 7. Tastes -- 8. Prejudice -- 9. Happiness -- 10. Summary and results -- Notes -- Tables, Figures, and Charts -- 15: Conclusion -- Index of Names -- Index of Subjects


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