At government level, the Mexican National Institute of Statistics, Geography and Informatics (INEGI) has formally incorporated into its household surveys the subjective dimension of wellbeing, the so-called self-reported welfare.
In private sector, the Mexican Society for Quality of Life Studies (SMECV) has positioned itself as the Mexican specialized reference in this field. With this proposal SMECV is bringing together both dimension of quality-of-life research (objective and subjective wellbeing evaluation). SMECV is implementing impact reports on quality of life for public policies and private held efforts, among other services.
Moreover, subjective well-being refers to social satisfaction on key human development dimensions such as work, family, spirituality, emotions, community, recreation, love, school and finance, among others.
Somehow quality of life is already in Mexico as a new development paradigm. We catch it every day in public and private conversations, media is constantly positioning it, and diverse scholars circles are becoming increasingly interested on this perspective. Mexican citizens, politicians and public servants now recognize a dual goal. People’s wellbeing must continue improving objectively, however its perception or self-reported wellbeing requires an important parallel increase too. So it will be very likely that this perspective of quality of life become the key element on the public policy proposals for next generation of subnational government administrations during this 2015.
In your opinion, which state government will lead the Mexican quality of life debate?
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