The Impact of Social Welfare System on Life Satisfaction

By Jinman Kyonne and Aram Lee.

Published by The International Journal of Interdisciplinary Social and Community Studies

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Since the late 20th century, a number of studies have explored what factors mainly impact people’s life satisfaction. However, they have focused only on personal or economic factors, such as income, education and health status. Some researchers reported that the social welfare system has a relationship with a decrease in the suicide rate, but not with life satisfaction. In order to test whether the social welfare systems impact people’s life satisfaction among OECD countries, this study adopted the OECD Better Life Index, in which ‘jobs, community, civil engagement, and safety’ were used as social welfare factors. Based on the outcomes, this paper discusses what factors in the welfare system are more reasonable for increasing people’s life satisfaction and suggests the implications both in academic and in practical way.

Keywords: Life Satisfaction, Social Welfare System, Social Development

The International Journal of Interdisciplinary Social and Community Studies, Volume 10, Issue 2, June 2015, pp.13-20. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 475.535KB).

Prof. Jinman Kyonne

Professor, Department of Public Administration, Hankuk University of Foreign Studies, Seoul, South Korea

Aram Lee

Doctoral Candidate, Department of Public Administration, Hankuk University of Foreign Studies, Seoul, South Korea