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  • David G. Blanchflower
  • Andrew J. Oswald

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This paper describes the findings from a new, and intrinsically interdisciplinary, literature on happiness and human well-being. The paper focuses on international evidence. We report the patterns in modern data; we discuss what has been persuasively established and what has not; we suggest paths for future research. Looking ahead, our instinct is that this social-science research avenue will gradually merge with a related literature -- from the medical, epidemiological, and biological sciences -- on biomarkers and health. Nevertheless, we expect that intellectual convergence to happen slowly.

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Paper provided by National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc in its series NBER Working Papers with number 16668.

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Handle: RePEc:nbr:nberwo:16668

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  1. Di Tella, R. & MacCulloch, R.J.: Oswald, A.J., 1997. "The Macroeconomics of Happiness," Papers 19, Centre for Economic Performance & Institute of Economics.
  2. Di Tella, Rafael & MacCulloch, Robert, 2008. "Gross national happiness as an answer to the Easterlin Paradox?," Journal of Development Economics, Elsevier, vol. 86(1), pages 22-42, April.
  3. DiTella, Rafael & MacCulloch, Robert & Oswald, Andrew J., 2001. "Preferences over inflation and unemployment: Evidence from surveys of happiness," ZEI Working Papers B 03-2001, ZEI - Center for European Integration Studies, University of Bonn.
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  1. Clark and Oswald NBER: International Happiness
    by Liam Delaney in Geary Behaviour Centre on 2011-03-02 19:44:00
  2. International Happiness
    by David Stern in Stochastic Trend on 2013-02-17 03:11:00
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  1. David G. Blanchflower & Andrew J. Oswald & Sarah Stewart-Brown, 2012. "Is Psychological Well-being Linked to the Consumption of Fruit and Vegetables?," NBER Working Papers 18469, National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.
  2. Andreas Peichl & Nico Pestel, 2011. "Multidimensional Well-Being at the Top: Evidence for Germany," SOEPpapers on Multidisciplinary Panel Data Research 425, DIW Berlin, The German Socio-Economic Panel (SOEP).
  3. Alex Bryson & George MacKerron, 2013. "Are You Happy While You Work?," CEP Discussion Papers dp1187, Centre for Economic Performance, LSE.
  4. Pierre Régibeau & Katharine Rockett, 2013. "Economic analysis of resilience: A framework for local policy response based on new case studies," Journal of Innovation Economics, De Boeck Université, vol. 0(1), pages 107-147.
  5. Piper, Alan T., 2012. "A Happiness Test of Human Capital Theory," MPRA Paper 43496, University Library of Munich, Germany.
  6. Graafland, J.J. & Compen, B., 2012. "Economic Freedom and Life Satisfaction: A Cross Country Analysis," Discussion Paper 2012-038, Tilburg University, Center for Economic Research.
  7. David Vázquez Guzman, 2012. "A comparative study of well-being for elders in Mexico and England," Estudios Regionales en Economía, Población y Desarrollo. Cuadernos de trabajo de la Universidad Autónoma de Ciudad Juárez. 9, Cuerpo Académico 41 de la Universidad Autónoma de Ciudad Juárez, revised 09 Dec 2012.
  8. Piper, Alan, 2013. "A Note on Modelling Dynamics in Happiness Estimations," MPRA Paper 49364, University Library of Munich, Germany.

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