Ryan Merlin Yonk

Ryan M. Yonk is a senior faculty fellow at the American Institute for Economic Research, Massachusetts. He holds a Ph.D. from Georgia State University and an MS and BS from Utah State University. He has held academic positions at North Dakota State University, Utah State University, and Southern Utah University, and was one of the founders of the Strata Policy. He is the author or editor of numerous books including Politics and Quality of Life: The Role of Well-Being in Political Outcomes, Green V. Green, and Nature Unbound: Bureaucracy vs. the Environment. He has also (co) authored numerous articles in academic journals including Public Choice, Applied Research in Quality of Life, and the Journal of Private Enterprise. His research explores how policy can be better crafted to achieve greater individual autonomy and prosperity.

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The authors of this volume provide a window into what influences the quality of life, why people live longer, and why we are relatively better off compared to decades ago. While the potential ways of measuring life quality are abundant, understanding what causes improvement requires careful study and consideration. This volume provides useful insight into these challenges and helps to highlight a clear and important separation between wellbeing and standard of living, both relevant to assessing the quality of life. Standard of living refers to the material welfare of a group. Wellbeing, on the other hand, encapsulates harder-to-measure subjective preferences. Together they help us to understand the quality of life of certain groups at specific times, and in specific communities.

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