The Economics of Happiness

How the Easterlin Paradox Transformed Our Understanding of Well-Being and Progress

  • Mariano Rojas

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxvi
  2. Introduction

  3. Income and Happiness

  4. Happiness in Welfare Economics

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 127-127
    2. Gabriel Leite Mota
      Pages 129-156
  5. Applications of Happiness in Economics

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 193-193
    2. Ada Ferrer-i-Carbonell, Xavier Ramos
      Pages 195-215
    3. Chloe Michel, Michelle Sovinsky, Eugenio Proto, Andrew J. Oswald
      Pages 217-239
    4. Christian Krekel, George Ward, Jan-Emmanuel De Neve
      Pages 241-268
  6. Happiness in Development

  7. Happiness Along the Life Course and the Social Context

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 385-385
    2. Tony Beatton, Paul Frijters
      Pages 409-437
    3. John F. Helliwell, Haifang Huang, Max B. Norton, Shun Wang
      Pages 455-481

About this book


This book presents a panoramic view of the implications from Richard Easterlin’s groundbreaking work on happiness and economics. Contributions in the book show the relevance of the Easterlin Paradox to main areas, such as the relationship between income and happiness, the relationship between economic growth and well-being, conceptions of progress and development, design and evaluation of policies for well-being, and the use of happiness research to address welfare economics issues. This book is unique in the sense that it gathers contributions from senior and top researchers in the economics of happiness, whom have played a central role in the consolidation of happiness economics, as well as promising young scholars, showing the current dynamism and consolidation of happiness economics.


Consolidation of Happiness Economics Economic Growth and Well-Being Easterlin Paradox Happiness along the Life Course Happiness in Welfare Economics Happiness Research and Policy Implicatons Income and Happiness Relationship between Economic Growth and Happiness Scientific Approach in the Study of Happiness Subjective Measures of Well-Being Happiness in Politics Richard Easterlin

Editors and affiliations

  • Mariano Rojas
    • 1
  1. 1.FLACSO-México & UPAEPTlalpan, Ciudad de MéxicoMexico

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