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Handbook of Happiness Research in Latin America

  • Mariano Rojas


  • Presents original research about happiness from a happy region

  • Follows a multidisciplinary approach to the understanding of happiness

  • Shows that happiness is acquiring greater relevance as a final social aim

  • Presents evidence-based research that leads to policy-oriented conclusions


Part of the International Handbooks of Quality-of-Life book series (IHQL)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. Mariano Rojas
    Pages 1-13
  3. The Relevance of Latin American Happiness

  4. Human Relations and Happiness in Latin America

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 89-89
    2. María Soledad Herrera, María Beatriz Fernández, Carmen Barros
      Pages 129-141
    3. Francisco Mochón Morcillo, Rebeca de Juan Díaz
      Pages 143-161
    4. Rozzana Sánchez Aragón, Rolando Díaz Loving
      Pages 163-177
  5. Material Conditions and Happiness in Latin America

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 191-191
    2. Dardo Ferrer, Victoria Giarrizzo
      Pages 193-204
    3. Rodrigo Montero, Tomás Rau
      Pages 205-217
    4. Jorge Guardiola, Mariano Rojas
      Pages 219-229
    5. William Daniel Vera Rojas, Monica Budowski, Christian Suter
      Pages 231-249
    6. Pablo Schiaffino, Martin Tetaz
      Pages 251-272

About this book


This handbook presents original happiness research from and about a region that shows unexpectedly high levels of happiness. Even when Latin American countries cannot be classified as high-income countries their population do enjoy, on average, high happiness levels. The handbook draws attention to some important factors that contribute to the happiness of people, such as: relational values, human relations, solidarity networks, the role of the family, and the availability and gratifying using of leisure time. In a world where happiness is acquiring greater relevance as a final social and personal aim both the academic community and the social-actors and policy-makers community would benefit from Happiness Research in Latin America.


Economic Growth and Health in Latin America Happiness Inequality in the Caribbean Happiness and Social Relationships in Nicaragua Happiness and Well-Being in Argentina Happiness in Latin America Health and Happiness in Latin America Human Development in Latin America Pension Policy and Life Satisfaction in Chile Positive Psychology in Latin America Quality of Life in Latin America Social Dimensions of Subjective Well-Being Social Psychology of Latin American Social Well-Being in Mexico Subjective Well-Being Indicators Subjective Well-Being in Colombia Well-Being and Education in Chiapas Well-Being in Latin America

Editors and affiliations

  • Mariano Rojas
    • 1
  1. 1.FLACSO-Mexico & UPAEPMexico CityMexico

About the editors

Mariano Rojas is Professor of Economics at Facultad Latinoamericana de Ciencias Sociales, Sede México and at Universidad Popular Autónoma del Estado de Puebla. He got his undergraduate degree in economics from Universidad de Costa Rica and his M.A. and Ph.D degrees in economics from The Ohio State University, United States. His areas of research are: Happiness, Subjective Well-Being, Quality of Life, Economic Development, and Applied Microeconomics. He has been a member of ISQOLS since 2000, and performed as vice-president of finance from 2007 to 2008 and as vice-president of external affairs from 2011 to 2012. In 2009 he was awarded ISQOLS’ Research Fellow Award as well as JOHS’ Outstanding Reviewer Award. Mariano Rojas coordinates the Mexican Initiative Measuring the Progress of Societies: A Perspective from Mexico. This initiative received the Best New Initiative Award by OECD Global Project on Measuring the Progress of Societies in 2009 at the Busan, Korea 3rd World Forum.

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Handbook of Happiness Research in Latin America
  • Editors Mariano Rojas
  • Series Title International Handbooks of Quality-of-Life
  • Series Abbreviated Title Intern.Hdbk Quality-Life
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht 2016
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Social Sciences Social Sciences (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-94-017-7202-0
  • Softcover ISBN 978-94-017-7994-4
  • eBook ISBN 978-94-017-7203-7
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XI, 637
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Quality of Life Research
    Positive Psychology
    Development Economics
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“This Handbook is truly a comprehensive compilation of stand-alone chapters that cover multidisciplinary well-being research in Latin America, including original research and a few overall summaries and consideration of the implications of the data. … it is intended for academics from various disciplines interested in Latin America or focused on international comparisons. … the Handbook is comprehensive, exhaustive, and designed to promote international knowledge and collaboration. It is an indispensable addition to the library of any researcher in the field.” (Alejandra Suarez, PsycCRITIQUES, Vol. 61 (15), April, 2016)