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Origins of happiness


  • Andrew Clark
  • Sarah Flèche
  • Richard Layard
  • Nattavudh Powdthavee
  • George Ward


Understanding the key determinants of people's life satisfaction makes it possible to suggest policies for how best to reduce misery and promote wellbeing. A forthcoming book by Richard Layard and colleagues discusses evidence on the origins of happiness in survey data from Australia, Germany, the UK and the United States.

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  • Andrew Clark & Sarah Flèche & Richard Layard & Nattavudh Powdthavee & George Ward, 2017. "Origins of happiness," CentrePiece - The magazine for economic performance 497, Centre for Economic Performance, LSE.
  • Handle: RePEc:cep:cepcnp:497

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    1. Origins of happiness
      by maximorossi in NEP-LTV blog on 2018-12-18 14:40:02


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    2. Paul Frijters, 2021. "WELLBYs, cost-benefit analyses and the Easterlin Discount," Vienna Yearbook of Population Research, Vienna Institute of Demography (VID) of the Austrian Academy of Sciences in Vienna, vol. 19(1), pages 39-64.
    3. Clark, Andrew E. & Lee, Tom, 2021. "Early-life correlates of later-life well-being: Evidence from the Wisconsin Longitudinal Study," Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization, Elsevier, vol. 181(C), pages 360-368.
    4. Bruno S. Frey, 2017. "Reactivity in Economic Science," CESifo Working Paper Series 6593, CESifo.
    5. Henrik Dobewall & Mirka Hintsanen & Kateryna Savelieva & Christian Hakulinen & Päivi Merjonen & Kia Gluschkoff & Liisa Keltikangas-Järvinen, 2019. "Intergenerational Transmission of Latent Satisfaction Reflected by Satisfaction Across Multiple Life Domains: A Prospective 32-year Follow-Up Study," Journal of Happiness Studies, Springer, vol. 20(3), pages 955-970, March.
    6. Bruno S. Frey, 2020. "What are the opportunities for future happiness research?," International Review of Economics, Springer;Happiness Economics and Interpersonal Relations (HEIRS), vol. 67(1), pages 5-12, March.

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    happiness; wellbeing; government; mental health;
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