Volkert, Juergen, and Friedrich Schneider (2011). "Disaggregating general well-being: a survey on topic and group specific capability assessments in affluent countries" Paper presented at the 8th annual conference of the HDCA, 6-8 September 2011, the Hague, the Netherlands.

This paper explores how empirical capability approach studies assess well being for young and old generations in affluent countries, specified as high-income OECD countries. After brief overviews on the theoretical capability background and empirical core decisons, we discuss empirical capability studies on the well-being of children, adolescents and of the elderly. We find that the issues of child and youth well-being have found considerably increasing interest by capability researchers while, despite the importance of demographic change, fewer researchers deal with a smaller number of old-age issues. We conclude that for young as well as old generations, capability approach studies confirm that income assessment is not sufficient to capture well-being for the young and the old but has to be enriched by a more comprehensive perspective on capabilities and functionings. Moreover, it is recommendable for research on elderly to adopt research methods, questions and issues that has already entered the agenda of studies on capabilities of children and young adults. As capability sets for both, young and old generations, are in general characterized by changes, i.e. expansions in the case of children, declines in the case of older people, both may benefit from a more dynamic perspective on life cycle (research) on their way to potential dynamic capability theories and empirics.