Advances in Happiness Research

A Comparative Perspective

  • Toshiaki Tachibanaki

Part of the Creative Economy book series (CRE)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xx
  2. Tadashi Yagi
    Pages 1-6
  3. Issues in Happiness Research—Concepts, Measurement and Interpretation

  4. Income Inequality, Employment, and Happiness

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 95-95
    2. Dimitris Ballas, Danny Dorling, Tomoki Nakaya, Helena Tunstall, Kazumasa Hanaoka, Tomoya Hanibuchi
      Pages 119-138
    3. Tadashi Yagi, Kunio Urakawa, Katsuhiko Yonezaki
      Pages 139-162
  5. Societal Issues and Happiness

  6. Back Matter
    Pages 339-344

About this book


This edited volume makes a contribution to the literature on happiness research by compiling studies based on cross-national research and from diverse academic disciplines. The book is distinctive in that it contains both theoretical and empirical analyses, investigating relationship between causes of happiness and economic behavior relating to employment, consumption, and saving. Most notably, it is one of the first studies in this subject area that analyzes micro data collected in Europe, US and Japan with information on respondents’ attributes and their economic behavior, as well as in measuring inter-temporal happiness by principal factor analysis. Research findings in this volume shed new light on public policies for a number of areas such as employment, family, social welfare, urban and regional planning, and culture. The book draws on a collaborative research project between five institutions of higher education in France, UK, Germany, Switzerland, Belgium, and Japan that lasted for two years.


Determinants of happiness Easterlin paradox Employment and happiness Inequality and happiness International comparison of happiness

Editors and affiliations

  • Toshiaki Tachibanaki
    • 1
  1. 1.Faculty of EconomicsDoshisha University Faculty of EconomicsKyotoJapan

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Japan 2016
  • Publisher Name Springer, Tokyo
  • eBook Packages Economics and Finance
  • Print ISBN 978-4-431-55752-4
  • Online ISBN 978-4-431-55753-1
  • Series Print ISSN 2364-9186
  • Series Online ISSN 2364-9445
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