Economic inequalities damaging wellbeing

New research in Canada has explored the impact of economic uncertainties and inequality on cultural and civic participation and on subjective wellbeing.

The research suggests that the financial crisis of 2008 has had a long-term effect on people’s wellbeing and their capacity to participate in the arts and in civic society. The report, from the Canadian Index of Wellbeing, argues that economic and social factors which limit participation in the arts negatively affect subjective wellbeing. It explores the growing gap between an economy’s GDP and its people’s wellbeing.