Beyond Facts: Understanding Quality of Life
Pagés, Carmen; Scartascini, Carlos; Funaro, Rita; Madrigal, Lucía; Duryea, Suzanne; Chaparro, Juan Camilo; Rodríguez-Pombo, María Victoria; Lora, Eduardo; Sanguinetti, Pablo; Savedoff, William D.; Navarro, Juan Carlos; Verdisco, Aimee; Alfonso, Mariana; Powell, Andrew
Traditionally, the concept of quality of life has been viewed through objective indicators. Beyond Facts looks at quality of life through a new lens, namely, the perceptions of millions of Latin Americans. Using an enhanced version of the recently created Gallup World Poll that incorporates Latin America-specific questions, the Inter-American Development Bank surveyed people from throughout the region and found that perceptions of quality of life are often very different from the reality. These surprising findings have enormous significance for the political economy of the region and provide a wealth of information for policymakers and development practitioners to feast upon.