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Multi Dimensional Index measuring Poverty and Life Satisfaction

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Multi Dimensional Index measuring Poverty and Life Satisfaction



Health, Education, Livelihoods

This is an ongoing study, which aims to build an index in order to understand the overall life satisfaction of people from low and middle-income groups.

The study focuses on assessing an individual’s life satisfaction based on their economic, social and health conditions. The assessment involves three aspects: the first tries to probe how satisfied and contended an individual is with his or her present life and if they wish any change in it. The second aspect attempts at finding out an individual’s work status, education and skills possessed, work-life balance, living condition and facilities available, social relationships etc. The section on health covers both physical and mental health. There is an attempt to understand physical problems and solutions adopted to tackle it. There is also an effort to know about mental health issues like anxiety, fear, and depression. 

This third aspect also serves as a highlight of the study, since mental health issues are not talked about often. Therefore, our study is an attempt to know if people are aware of the problems they might be facing and whether they are seeking medical help if they have such issues. The study will also inquire about the willingness of individuals to forgo financial and personal changes for being in perfect health. 

Using a Systematic Random Sampling involving interviews with 50% male and 50% female respondents, of which 50% will be low income and the other 50% middle income individuals, Outline India will undertake surveys across 5 electoral constituencies in Delhi to interview 500 household heads. 


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