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Economics of Happiness

Authors: Frey, Bruno S.

  • Focuses on what truly makes people happy
  • Explains how personal happiness can be measured
  • Shows what can be done to improve happiness in societies
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About this book

This book focuses on what makes people happy. The author explains methods for measuring subjective life satisfaction and well-being by discussing economic and sociodemographic factors, as well as the psychological, cultural and political dimensions of personal happiness. Does higher income increase happiness? Are people in rich countries, such as the United States, the United Kingdom and Scandinavian countries, happier than those living elsewhere? Does losing one’s job make one unhappy? What is the role of genetic endowments inherited from our parents? How important are physical and emotional health to subjective life satisfaction? Do older people tend to be happier, or younger people? Are close social relationships necessary for happiness? Do political conditions, such as respect for human rights, democracy and autonomy, play a part? How can governments contribute to the population’s happiness? This book answers these questions on the basis of extensive interdisciplinary research reflecting the current state of knowledge. The book will appeal to anyone interested in learning more about the various dimensions of personal well-being beyond the happiness-prosperity connection, as well as to policymakers looking for guidance on how to improve happiness in societies.

About the authors

Bruno S. Frey is Permanent Visiting Professor at the University of Basel and Research Director at CREMA – Center for Research in Economics, Management and the Arts, Zurich. Before he was Professor at the Universities of Constance, Zurich, Chicago, Warwick and Friedrichshafen; he was awarded five Honorary Doctorates in five countries. Frey published 21 books and more than 600 articles in scholarly journals.

Table of contents (15 chapters)

  • Happiness as a Goal of Human Beings

    Frey, Bruno S.

    Pages 1-4

  • Happiness Can Be Measured

    Frey, Bruno S.

    Pages 5-11

  • What Makes People Happy?

    Frey, Bruno S.

    Pages 13-20

  • Consequences of Happiness

    Frey, Bruno S.

    Pages 21-23

  • Psychological Influences on Happiness

    Frey, Bruno S.

    Pages 25-27

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eBook $39.99
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  • ISBN 978-3-319-75807-7
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  • Included format: EPUB, PDF
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  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Softcover $54.99
price for USA in USD
  • ISBN 978-3-319-75806-0
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Economics of Happiness
Authors
Series Title
SpringerBriefs in Economics
Copyright
2018
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-75807-7
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-75807-7
Softcover ISBN
978-3-319-75806-0
Series ISSN
2191-5504
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
X, 75
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