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Felicidad en la política pública: una revisión de la literatura


  • Mario García Molina
  • Liliana Chicaíza
  • Jhonathan Rodríguez


El artículo revisa la literatura sobre felicidad desde una perspectiva de política pública. Se encuentra una tendencia, que debería fortalecerse en el futuro, a estudiar los efectos de diversas políticas sobre la felicidad, en lugar de extrapolar los efectos de trabajos sobre los determinantes. Dado que muchos métodos fueron disenados para estudiar la utilidad, hace falta adaptarlos, especialmente en el tratamiento del tiempo, y en el uso de métodos experimentales y la evaluación de impacto. La noción de felicidad plantea preguntas importantes, pero todavía son necesarios más desarrollos para su uso fructífero en la toma de decisiones de política. The article surveys the recent literature on happiness from a policy perspective. We identified a trend in order to study the effects of different policies on happiness instead of simply extrapolating policy recommendations from studies on the determinants of happiness. We predict that this trend will become more pronounced in the future. As many policy tools were made for utility, they require adaptation to promote happiness, especially in terms of the treatment of time, the use of experimental methods, and impact evaluation. Happiness studies raise important and interesting questions; however, more developments are needed for them to be useful in aiding public policy.

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  • Mario García Molina & Liliana Chicaíza & Jhonathan Rodríguez, 2018. "Felicidad en la política pública: una revisión de la literatura," Revista Cuadernos de Economia, Universidad Nacional de Colombia, FCE, CID, vol. 37(73), February.
  • Handle: RePEc:col:000093:016014

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    felicidad; utilidad; políticas públicas;
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    JEL classification:

    • B4 - Schools of Economic Thought and Methodology - - Economic Methodology
    • D01 - Microeconomics - - General - - - Microeconomic Behavior: Underlying Principles
    • D60 - Microeconomics - - Welfare Economics - - - General
    • H00 - Public Economics - - General - - - General
    • I30 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Welfare, Well-Being, and Poverty - - - General


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