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Does an Increase in Income Improve Quality of Life of the Rural Low-Income Households?

Hassan, Kalthum and Ahmad, Zalinah and Arshad, Rozita (2016) Does an Increase in Income Improve Quality of Life of the Rural Low-Income Households? In: 3rd Annual ECoFI Symposium 2016, 18-19 Dicember 2016, Universiti Utara Malaysia,Kedah.

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The Malaysian government has implemented various economic development programmes since after the independence. The main goal is to increase the overall populations' socio-economic levels which should lead to improved standard of living, well-being and quality of life. Unfortunately, in most cases quality of life is been misinterpreted and been associated with other concepts such as standard of living and well-being. Hence, it is usually believed that when the standard of living of the low income households is improved, their well-being and the quality of life have also improved. This paper is to explore the indicators of quality of life form the perspective of low income households in rural areas and to analyse the achievement of quality of life among them. It is also determine whether improve in economic achievement promotes improved in quality of life. The findings discover that many low income households who participated in the socio-economic development programmes organized by the development agencies experience increase in income and hence, increase in their standard of living. The low income households have outlined twelve indicators of quality of life. Each household has its own quality of life indicators and all households agree that their quality of life has also improved even though they have not achieved all the outlined indicators. In addition, all respondents agree that improved in household incomes is the main factor to increase in household standard of living, well-being and quality of life.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Additional Information: eISBN 9788934372026
Uncontrolled Keywords: Low income household, quality of life, standard of living, well-being.
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Divisions: College of Law, Government and International Studies
Depositing User: Mr. Che Hasan Hashim
Date Deposited: 11 Dec 2018 02:36
Last Modified: 11 Dec 2018 02:36
URI: http://repo.uum.edu.my/id/eprint/25112

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