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Should National Happiness Be Maximized ?

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  • Frey, Bruno S.

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  • Stutzer, Alois

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This timely and important book presents a unique study of happiness from both economic and political perspectives. It offers an overview of contemporary research on the emergent field of happiness studies and contains contributions by some of the leading figures in the field.
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  • Frey, Bruno S. & Stutzer, Alois, 2007. "Should National Happiness Be Maximized ?," Working papers 2007/02, Faculty of Business and Economics - University of Basel.
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    JEL classification:

    • D60 - Microeconomics - - Welfare Economics - - - General
    • D70 - Microeconomics - - Analysis of Collective Decision-Making - - - General
    • H11 - Public Economics - - Structure and Scope of Government - - - Structure and Scope of Government
    • I31 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Welfare, Well-Being, and Poverty - - - General Welfare, Well-Being

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