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Quality of Life Indexes for National Policy: Review and Agenda for Research
A number of governments and public policy institutes have developed “Quality of Life Indexes” – statistics that attempt to measure the quality of life for entire states or regions. We develop 14Expand
Warmth in Advertising: Measurement, Impact, and Sequence Effects
The impact of the feeling of warmth created by a commercial, as measured by the “warmth monitor,” is explored in a series of three studies. The first study examines the relationship between warmthExpand
Social comparisons of income in one's community: evidence from national surveys of income and happiness.
  • M. Hagerty
  • Psychology, Medicine
  • Journal of personality and social psychology
  • 1 April 2000
Two studies provide evidence for social comparison effects of income on subjective well-being (SWB). The 1st study of 7,023 persons from nationally representative samples in the United States showsExpand
Wealth and Happiness Revisited – Growing National Income Does Go with Greater Happiness
Abstract``Will raising the incomes of all increase the happiness of all?'' Intuitionsays `yes' but theories of relative utility caution that the answer may be`no'. The theory of relative utilityExpand
Return Policies and the Optimal Level of "Hassle"
Abstract Return policies vary significantly across retailers; some offer very generous return policies, while others impose many restrictions on returns. We employ an analytical model to helpExpand
Testing Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs: National Quality-of-Life Across Time
Maslow's hierarchy-of-needs theory is used to predict development of Quality of Life (QOL) in countries over time. Previous data sets have not had sufficient power to test these development trendsExpand
Case Study of Ecstatic Meditation: fMRI and EEG Evidence of Self-Stimulating a Reward System
We report the first neural recording during ecstatic meditations called jhanas and test whether a brain reward system plays a role in the joy reported. Jhanas are Altered States of ConsciousnessExpand
Rising Happiness in Nations 1946–2004: A Reply to Easterlin
The ‘Easterlin paradox’ holds that economic growth does not add to the quality-of-life and that this appears in the fact that average happiness in nations has not risen in the last few decades. TheExpand
Constructing Summary Indices of Quality of Life
The authors consider how to construct summary indices (e.g., quality-of-life [QOL] indices) for a social unit that will be endorsed by a majority of its citizens. They assume that many socialExpand
Improving the Predictive Power of Conjoint Analysis: The use of Factor Analysis and Cluster Analysis
A method is derived to improve the predictive accuracy of conjoint analysis by grouping respondents with similar preferences. Expand