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Happiness and Economic Performance

  • Oswald, A.J.

If a nation's economic performance improves, how much extra happiness does that buy its citizens? Most public debate assume -without real evidence- that the answer is a lot. This paper examines the question by using information on the well-being in Western countries.

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Paper provided by Centre for Economic Performance & Institute of Economics in its series Papers with number 18.

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Length: 28 pages
Date of creation: 1997
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Handle: RePEc:fth:cepies:18
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  1. David G. Blanchflower & Andrew J. Oswald, 2000. "Well-Being Over Time in Britain and the USA," NBER Working Papers 7487, National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.
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