Asia-Pacific Women Tend to Have Positive Views on Their Well-Being

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Asia-Pacific Women Tend to Have Positive Views on Their Well-Being


Women in Asia Pacific's emerging markets tend to have more positive views of their own well-being when compared to their developed counterparts, according to the MasterCard Index of Well-Being.

Based on a survey of 16 Asia Pacific markets, the MasterCard Index aims to measure the level of well-being among nations by examining the impact of wide-ranging factors such as work-life balance, cyber-crime and disease outbreak on respondents.

The research covered women's attitudes towards five categories - work and finances, safety from threats, personal and work satisfaction, personal well being and sense of empowerment. The index is calculated with zero as the most pessimistic, 100 as most optimistic and 50 as neutral, and respondents' thoughts on the six months ahead.

The spread of the overall well-being index values across the 16 Asia Pacific markets shows all of them above the neutral (50 point) mark bracketed by Myanmar (70.9) and Indonesia (70.0) on the high end and Japan (53.6) and South Korea (54.9) on the low end.

The seven developed markets featured on average lower scores average of 58.9 than emerging markets (65.7). Women in the North East Asia cluster of Japan (53.6), Korea (54.9) and Taiwan (55.0) fell below the average for developed markets. On the emerging markets front, Malaysia (58.0) and Bangladesh (55.3) are visibly below the emerging market average.

"At first glance, the contrast in scores between developing and emerging markets seems to suggest that a higher standard of living may not necessarily translate to a higher sense of well-being as there are other influences involved such as cultural or psychological ones," said Georgette Tan, group head for communications, Asia-Pacific, Middle East and Africa of MasterCard.

Women in developed Asia Pacific ranked marginally higher in only one component of the survey - 'safety from threats' - with a score of 57 compared to 55. …

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