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Can we be happier?


  • Richard Layard
  • George Ward


If the goal for society is the greatest possible all-round happiness, how can that be achieved? Richard Layard and George Ward outline the evidence on what explains the huge variation in people's life satisfaction - and how we can boost wellbeing, both through public policy and in our jobs and private lives.

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  • Richard Layard & George Ward, 2020. "Can we be happier?," CentrePiece - The magazine for economic performance 568, Centre for Economic Performance, LSE.
  • Handle: RePEc:cep:cepcnp:568

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