Happiness and Public Policy

Theory, Case Studies and Implications

  • Yew-Kwang Ng
  • Lok Sang Ho

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. Introduction: Happiness as the Only Ultimate Objective of Public Policy

  3. A Historical Overview of the State of Well-Being of Humanity

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 17-17
  4. Determinants and Origins of Happiness: The Conceptual Framework

  5. Area and Policy Case Studies

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 107-107
    2. Jonathan Gruber, Sendhil Mullainathan
      Pages 109-146
    3. Kan Shi, Xiao Lu Wang, Rui Zheng, Wei Shi, Jia Fang Lu, Hong Xia Fan
      Pages 169-192
    4. Oi-ling Siu, S. L. Chow, David R. Phillips, Lin Lin
      Pages 209-220
  6. Implications and Conclusions

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 235-235
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 253-260

About this book


Happiness is a private matter and individual pursuit; however, public policy does have an important role and can contribute much through various enabling means. This volume discusses the determinants of happiness and presents case studies of how public policy can help promote happiness.


China development economics public choice public policy research science and technology

Editors and affiliations

  • Yew-Kwang Ng
    • 1
  • Lok Sang Ho
    • 2
  1. 1.Nanyang UniversitySingapore
  2. 2.Centre for Public Policy StudiesLingnan UniversityHong Kong

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