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Does Economic Growth Improve the Human Lot? Some Empirical Evidence
Publisher Summary This chapter discusses the association of income and happiness. The basic data consist of statements by individuals on their subjective happiness, as reported in thirty surveys fromExpand
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Will raising the incomes of all increase the happiness of all
Today, as in the past, within a country at a given time those with higher incomes are, on average, happier. However, raising the incomes of all does not increase the happiness of all. This is becauseExpand
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Income and Happiness: Towards a Unified Theory
Material aspirations are initially fairly similar among income groups; consequently more income brings greater happiness. Over the life cycle, however, aspirations grow along with income, andExpand
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The High Price of Materialism
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Explaining happiness
  • R. Easterlin
  • Medicine, Psychology
  • Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences…
  • 4 September 2003
What do social survey data tell us about the determinants of happiness? First, that the psychologists' setpoint model is questionable. Life events in the nonpecuniary domain, such as marriage,Expand
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Life cycle happiness and its sources: Intersections of psychology, economics, and demography
Abstract In the United States happiness rises slightly, on average, from ages 18 to midlife, and declines slowly thereafter. This pattern for the total population is the net result of disparateExpand
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The happiness–income paradox revisited
The striking thing about the happiness–income paradox is that over the long-term —usually a period of 10 y or more—happiness does not increase as a country's income rises. Heretofore the evidence forExpand
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An economic framework for fertility analysis.
  • R. Easterlin
  • Economics, Medicine
  • Studies in family planning
  • 1 March 1975
The standard formulation of the microeconomic theory of fertility, which emphasizes the demand for children and, to a lesser extent, the costs of fertility control, is too limited in its scope forExpand
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Why Isn't the Whole World Developed?
The worldwide spread of modern economic growth has depended chiefly on the diffusion of a body of knowledge concerning new production techniques. The acquisition and application of this knowledge byExpand
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China’s life satisfaction, 1990–2010
Despite its unprecedented growth in output per capita in the last two decades, China has essentially followed the life satisfaction trajectory of the central and eastern European transitionExpand
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