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Why isn't growth making us happier? Utility on the hedonic treadmill

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  • Keely, Louise C.
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    Article provided by Elsevier in its journal Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization.

    Volume (Year): 57 (2005)
    Issue (Month): 3 (July)
    Pages: 333-355

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    Cited by:
    1. Graham, Liam & Oswald, Andrew J., 2006. "Hedonic Capital," IZA Discussion Papers 2079, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).
    2. Manner, Mikko & Gowdy, John, 2010. "The evolution of social and moral behavior: Evolutionary insights for public policy," Ecological Economics, Elsevier, vol. 69(4), pages 753-761, February.
    3. Ferrer-i-Carbonell, Ada & Gowdy, John M., 2007. "Environmental degradation and happiness," Ecological Economics, Elsevier, vol. 60(3), pages 509-516, January.

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