Swiss Journal of Economics and Statistics

, Volume 147, Issue 4, pp 397–415 | Cite as

Subjective well-being, politics and political economy

  • Bruno S. Frey
Open Access


Happiness well-being economic policy manipulation political economy 


A10 D70 H11 I31 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of EconomicsUniversity of ZurichZurichSwitzerland

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