Present Well-being in Southeast Asia

Well-being in Southeast Asia Webinar Series

About the Webinar

In Southeast Asia as a whole, the state of well-being is middling compared to other regions of the world. But there is much variation within the region, depending on the dimension of well-being examined. At present, the Covid-19 pandemic has become the common threat to human well-being across the world. In Southeast Asia, the rates of infection and mortality from the disease are generally lower, but the damage inflicted on well-being may be as high, compared to elsewhere.

This seminar examines the trends and salient dimensions of well-being in Southeast Asia through the indicators of security and good governance, social and economic well-being, and subjective well-being. The first indicator covers the peoples’ aspirations since colonial times: a peaceful and secure existence, under a democratic, accountable government. The second examines (a) the desire for economic circumstances, education, and health that are decent by societal standards, and (b) the status of women vis-à-vis men. The third covers satisfaction with personal lives, by the people’s own standards.

This webinar is supported by Konrad Adenauer Stiftung.

About the Speaker

Mahar Mangahas is a Filipino economist (PhD, University of Chicago) who has worked on rice economics, land reform, poverty, hunger, income inequality, quality-of-life, governance, and public opinion. Since 1985, he has headed Social Weather Stations that received the 2019 Award for the Betterment of the Human Condition from the International Society for Quality of Life Studies (ISQOLS). He received the Helen Dinerman Award of the World Association for Public Opinion Research, the University of Chicago Alumni Award for Public Service, and the ISQOLS Distinguished Research Fellow Award. He was elected Academician of the Philippines in 2018.


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Sep 29 2020


3:00 pm - 4:15 pm