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L'économie du bonheur. Quel intérêt pour les politiques publiques ?

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  • Lucie Davoine

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This article questions the increasing use of “happiness” or “subjective well-being” in order to evaluate public policies and social conditions. After reminding the place of the economics of happiness in the history of economic thought, it presents the methodological arguments, as well as the relevant results for the policy recommendations. Finally, happiness is a useful criterion to evaluate society’s state, but should not be the only one: happiness data can allow avoiding paternalism and ethnocentrism, but happiness economics face several and serious challenges that should prevent researchers from transforming satisfaction scores into the only barometer of public action. Classification JEL : B29, B41, D01, D60, H10

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  • Lucie Davoine, 2009. "L'économie du bonheur. Quel intérêt pour les politiques publiques ?," Revue économique, Presses de Sciences-Po, vol. 60(4), pages 905-926.
  • Handle: RePEc:cai:recosp:reco_604_0905
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    1. Mickaël Portela & Camille Signoretto, 2015. "Qualité de l'emploi et aspirations professionnelles : quels liens avec la mobilité volontaire des jeunes salariés en CDI ?," Université Paris1 Panthéon-Sorbonne (Post-Print and Working Papers) hal-01302288, HAL.

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    JEL classification:

    • B29 - Schools of Economic Thought and Methodology - - History of Economic Thought since 1925 - - - Other
    • B41 - Schools of Economic Thought and Methodology - - Economic Methodology - - - Economic Methodology
    • D01 - Microeconomics - - General - - - Microeconomic Behavior: Underlying Principles
    • D60 - Microeconomics - - Welfare Economics - - - General
    • H10 - Public Economics - - Structure and Scope of Government - - - General

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