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International Happiness

  • David G. Blanchflower
  • Andrew J. Oswald

This paper describes the findings from a new, and intrinsically interdisciplinary, literature on happiness and human well-being. The paper focuses on international evidence. We report the patterns in modern data; we discuss what has been persuasively established and what has not; we suggest paths for future research. Looking ahead, our instinct is that this social-science research avenue will gradually merge with a related literature -- from the medical, epidemiological, and biological sciences -- on biomarkers and health. Nevertheless, we expect that intellectual convergence to happen slowly.

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Paper provided by National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc in its series NBER Working Papers with number 16668.

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Date of creation: Jan 2011
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Publication status: published as With Andrew Oswald, 'International happ iness: a new view on the measure of performance', Academy of Management Perspectives, February, pp. 1-17.
Handle: RePEc:nbr:nberwo:16668
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