A hybrid version of well-being: An attempt at operationalisation


Objectives: This paper aims to investigate the possibility of constructing a hybrid version of well-being and making an attempt at its operationalisation.

Research Design & Methods: The theoretical framework is based on the capability approach of Amartya Sen and Martha Nussbaum, while the empirical part of the paper refers to a fuzzy set theory.

Findings: We propose three measures of hybrid well-being, referring to (1) the minimum formula, (2) a mobility index, and (3) the concept of internalities.

Implications / Recommendations: We are convinced that it is not only possible to create a philosophically informed measure of well-being, but also that this kind of measure can be crucial in the context of public policy due to its sensitivity to autonomy and adaptation problems.

Contribution / Value Added: Findings of this research can be seen as an attempt to merge philosophical investigation with economics theories and applications.


well-being; hybrid well-being; capability approach; autonomy; adaptation

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Published : 2019-03-25

Kwarciński, T., & Ulman, P. (2019). A hybrid version of well-being: An attempt at operationalisation. Public Governance / Zarządzanie Publiczne, ((46)4), 30-49. https://doi.org/10.15678/ZP.2018.46.4.03

Tomasz Kwarciński 
Department of Philosophy Cracow University of Economics  Poland

ul. Rakowicka 27
31-510 Kraków

Paweł Ulman 
Department of Social Statistics Cracow University of Economics  Poland

ul. Rakowicka 27
31-510 Kraków