An Economist’s Lessons on Happiness

Farewell Dismal Science!

Authors: Easterlin, Richard A.

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  • Offers prescriptions for improving people’s happiness
  • Explains how personal happiness can be measured
  • Shows what governments can do to improve happiness in societies
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About this book

Once called the “dismal science,” economics now offers prescriptions for improving people’s happiness. In this book Richard Easterlin, the “father of happiness economics,” draws on a half-century of his own research and that conducted by fellow economists and psychologists to answer in plain language questions like: Can happiness be measured? Will more money make me happier? What about finding a partner? Getting married? Having a baby? More exercise? Does religion help? Who is happier—women or men, young or old, rich or poor? How does happiness change as we go through different stages of life?

Public policy is also in the mix: Can the government increase people’s happiness? Should the government increase their happiness? Which countries are the happiest and why? Does a country need to be rich to be happy? Does economic growth improve the human lot?

Some of the answers are surprising (no, more money won’t do the trick; neither will economic growth; babies are a mixed blessing!), but they are all based on reason and well-vetted evidence from the fields of economics and psychology. In closing, Easterlin traces the genesis of the ongoing “Happiness Revolution” and considers its implications for people’s lives down the road.

About the authors

Richard A. Easterlin is a member of the National Academy of Sciences, a Distinguished Fellow of the American Economic Association, and a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.  He is a former president of the Population Association of America, Economic History Association and Western Economic Association International.    


Reviews

“An Economist’s Lessons on Happiness is a captivating and enlightening journey through many different facets of happiness. … The concepts are well explained and easy to apply. … This book provides a satisfying, holistic perspective on the many factors contributing to happiness in an educational and personable read. This is a great opportunity to assess whether we are living a life that is true to ourselves, and to identify areas for change and improvement.” (Tara Dean, The Psychologist, thepsychologist.bps.org.uk, Vol. 34, July, 2021)

“An Economist’s Lessons on Happiness: Farewell, Dismal Science! … is the fruit of a lifetime of his own research and that of fellow economists and psychologists dedicated to understanding and improving happiness — whether of individuals or nations.” (Susan Bell, dornsife.usc.edu, March 17, 2021)


Table of contents (16 chapters)

Table of contents (16 chapters)
  • Introduction

    Pages 1-4

    Easterlin, Richard A.

  • Measuring Happiness

    Pages 7-17

    Easterlin, Richard A.

  • Does Money Make People Happy?

    Pages 19-32

    Easterlin, Richard A.

  • How Does Health Affect Happiness?

    Pages 33-39

    Easterlin, Richard A.

  • Family Life and Happiness

    Pages 41-50

    Easterlin, Richard A.

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Softcover £9.99
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
An Economist’s Lessons on Happiness
Book Subtitle
Farewell Dismal Science!
Authors
Copyright
2021
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-61962-6
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-61962-6
Softcover ISBN
978-3-030-61961-9
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVII, 179
Number of Illustrations
8 b/w illustrations, 14 illustrations in colour
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