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Study of the Portuguese Society (March 2017)

Study of the Portuguese Society- Happiness, saving habits and economic confidence (March 2017)

The Observatory of Portuguese Society of CATÓLICA-LISBON completed in March 2017 its fifth study that aimed to assess some variables and characteristics shared by members of the Portuguese Society.

This study, which was run next to 1001 participants, assessed general levels of happiness and satisfaction with life, specific levels of satisfaction with life, eudemonic and hedonic wellbeing, quality of life, changes in consumption habits, saving habits, economic confidence, income and savings, and position in society in members of the Portuguese Society.

The results of the general indicators of happiness and satisfaction with life, measured transversally between October 2015 and March 2017, suggest a positive evolution of these indicators in members of the Portuguese society. In particular, participants report positive levels of functional and personal well-being, as well as a positive perception of quality of life in several domains. Concerning consumption and saving habits, most participants report that they have not changed their consumption habits compared to 2016, reporting that they are very interested in saving and indicating a positive level of saving habits. In terms of economic confidence, it should be noted that a greater proportion of participants are assessing as weak or very weak Portugal's current economic conditions, compared to the proportion that rate it as good or excellent. In addition, a greater proportion of participants report that the economic conditions in Portugal will improve, compared to the proportion of participants who think they will get worse. This is a CATÓLICA-LISBON contribution to the civil and academic Society.

Unfortunately, the studies are only available in Portuguese. Please contact us in case you need some more detailed information (E-mail: and Tel.: (+351) 217 214 122).

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Aggregated report General Indicators: Happiness and Satisfaction with Life Specific Indicators: Satisfaction with Life




Specific Indicators: Well-being Specific Indicators: Quality of Life Specific Indicators: Changes in Consumption Habits, Saving Habits and Economic Confidence




Income and Savings Specific Indicators: Position in Society Sample Characterization