[Blueboard] Invitation to the Talk on "The Relation of Unhappiness and Life-Dissatisfaction to Poverty and Hunger in the Philippines Over Time"

socio at admu.edu.ph socio at admu.edu.ph
Mon Sep 24 13:20:04 PHT 2012

Department of Sociology and Anthropology
School of Social Sciences
Ateneo de Manila University

cordially invites you to

"The Relation of Unhappiness and Life-Dissatisfaction
to Poverty and Hunger in the Philippines Over Time"

by Dr. Mahar Mangahas
Social Weather Stations

Faber Hall Rm. 302
28 September 2012
4:30 pm - 6:00 pm

The Social Weather Stations (www.sws.org.ph) has conducted and  
publicly reported many statistically-representative national surveys  
of social, economic and political wellbeing.  These surveys have data  
on suffering, derivable from items on (a) happiness, in 21 survey  
rounds over 1991-2011, and (b) life-satisfaction, in 18 rounds over  
2002 to 2012 Q1.  Both items use four-point answer scales, where the  
lower two points indicate ?moderate suffering? and ?extreme suffering?.

SWS regularly surveys self-rated poverty (quarterly since 1992) and  
involuntary hunger (quarterly since 1998).  Since 1985, families that  
self-rate as poor (on a scale that also includes ?not poor? and  
?border-line?) have ranged between 74 percent and 43 percent, with a  
broadly downward trend, but with high quarterly volatility.  Since  
1998, families that experienced hunger involuntarily qualified by ?and  
not having anything to eat?) in the past three months have ranged  
between 23.8 percent and 5.1 percent.  Hunger has been volatile, and  
on an upward trend since 2004.  It is classified as ?moderate? if  
experienced only once or a few times, and ?severe? if experienced  
often or always.

Based on all the SWS surveys with requisite data, this paper shows  
that suffering among the poor and hungry is consistently more  
widespread than among the non-poor and non-hungry.  The deviations are  
indicators of social accountability for a significant extent of  

Lecture Series 2012 - 2013
Department of Sociology and Anthropology
Ateneo de Manila University

For details, please contact: 426-6001 loc. 5270/71 or socio at admu.edu.ph

Ateneo de Manila University
School of Social Sciences
Loyola Schools
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Loyola Heights, Quezon City
1108 Philippines
Tel No.: (632)426-6001, Ext. 5270/5271
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