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Wealth(s) and Subjective Well-Being

  • First book to examine wealth and its relation to subjective well-being (SWB)

  • Presents wealth as a crucial resource in understanding economic and subjective well-being

  • Shows that the level of wealth is equally important as the level of income in affecting SWB

Part of the book series: Social Indicators Research Series (SINS, volume 76)

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Table of contents (22 chapters)

  1. Front Matter

    Pages i-xiii
  2. Why Wealth Matters More Than Income for Subjective Well-being?

    • Gaël Brulé, Christian Suter
    Pages 1-13
  3. Wealth and SWB: Theoretical, Conceptual and Historical Considerations

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 15-15
    2. Private Wealth and Happiness

      • Antje Jantsch, Ruut Veenhoven
      Pages 17-50
  4. Wealth and SWB: Methodological Considerations

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 85-85
    2. Wealth and Partial Wealth

      • Peter Krause
      Pages 87-128
    3. Innovating on Methods to Understand the Relationship Between Finances and Wellbeing

      • Neil McHugh, Olga Biosca, Rachel Baker, Fatma Ibrahim, Cam Donaldson
      Pages 129-144
  5. Housing Wealth and SWB: Empirical Findings

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 279-279
    2. Housing Tenure, Housing Wealth and Subjective Wellbeing in Australia: The Case of Unemployment

      • Stéfanie André, Caroline Dewilde, Ruud Muffels
      Pages 281-304
    3. Are Homeowners Happier than Tenants? Empirical Evidence for Switzerland

      • Yvonne Seiler Zimmermann, Gabrielle Wanzenried
      Pages 305-321
  6. National Wealth and SWB: Empirical Findings

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 323-323

About this book

This volume examines the impact of wealth on quality of life and subjective well-being (SWB). As wealth is related to economic, environmental and social features of societies, this volume serves as an important resource in understanding economic and SWB. It further discusses a variety of experiences and consequences of inequalities of wealth. Through the availability of wealth data in recent international surveys, this volume explores the multiple relations between wealth and SWB. Structured around four main pillars the book presents analysis of the topic at various levels such as theoretical and conceptual, methodological and empirically, ending with a section on distribution and policies. 

Keywords

  • Consumption and Subjective Well-Being
  • Economic Resources and Subjective Well-Being
  • Empirical Findings on Wealth and Subjective Well-Being
  • Home Ownership and Subjective Well-Being
  • Impact of Wealth Changes on Subjective Well-Being
  • Influences of Income and Wealth on SWB
  • Measurement of Poverties and Wealth
  • Methodological Considerations on Wealth and SWB
  • Personal Wealth and Happiness
  • Relationship between Divorce and Subjective Well-Being
  • Wealth and Resilience
  • Wealth Distributions and Policies

Reviews

“A much needed book. … the volume is comprehensive, an impressive breadth of coverage. … Brulé and Suter (2019) will be an important reference for happiness scholars, and there are many ways to build upon and extend this useful book. One may often steer away from edited volumes as not as scientific as journals, but this collection is important with multiple solid pieces.” (Adam Okulicz-Kozaryn, Journal of Happiness Studies, Vol. 23 (2), 2022)

Editors and Affiliations

  • University of Neuchâtel, Neuchâtel, Switzerland

    Gaël Brulé, Christian Suter

About the editors

Gaël Brulé (PhD) is a post-doc researcher in happiness studies at University of Neuchâtel and Erasmus University of Rotterdam. His areas of expertise are sociology, cross-cultural comparison and happiness.

Christian Suter (PhD) is a professor of sociology at the university of Neuchâtel. His areas of expertise are among others: sociology, social indicators, social inequalities and subjective well-being.

Bibliographic Information

Buying options

eBook USD 129.00
Price excludes VAT (USA)
  • ISBN: 978-3-030-05535-6
  • Instant PDF download
  • Readable on all devices
  • Own it forever
  • Exclusive offer for individuals only
  • Tax calculation will be finalised during checkout
Hardcover Book USD 169.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)