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Happiness Quantified: A Satisfaction Calculus Approach Ada Ferrer-I-Carbonell

Happiness Quantified: A Satisfaction Calculus Approach

Ada Ferrer-I-Carbonell

Published December 23rd 2008
ISBN : 9781281852595
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370 pages
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 About the Book 

How do we measure happiness? Focusing on subjective measures as a proxy for welfare and well-being, this book finds ways to do that. Subjective measures have been used by psychologists, sociologists, political scientists, and, more recently,MoreHow do we measure happiness? Focusing on subjective measures as a proxy for welfare and well-being, this book finds ways to do that. Subjective measures have been used by psychologists, sociologists, political scientists, and, more recently, economists to answer a variety of scientifically and politically relevant questions. Van Praag, a pioneer in this field since 1971, and Ferrer-i-Carbonell present in this book a generally applicable methodology for the analysis of subjective satisfaction. Drawing on a range of surveys on peoples satisfaction with their jobs, income, housing, marriages, and government policy, among other areas of life, this book shows how satisfaction with life as a whole is an aggregate of these domain satisfactions. Using German, British, Dutch, and Russian data, the authors cover a wide range of topics. This groundbreaking book presents a new and fruitful methodology that constitutes a welcome addition to the social sciences. The paperback edition has been revised to bring the literature review up-to-date and the chapter on poverty has been revised and extended to take account of new research.