Happiness: Research and Policy Considerations

  • Bruno S. Frey
  • Jana Gallus
Part of the Creative Economy book series (CRE)


Some years ago, not even social science professionals knew about the modern, empirically orientated research on happiness. The situation has changed dramatically since then. Happiness research belongs to the hottest subjects not only in economics but far beyond. This fact is revealed by the great interest young scholars pay to the new subject.


Life Satisfaction Public Good Social Welfare Function European Monetary Union Gross National Product 
These keywords were added by machine and not by the authors. This process is experimental and the keywords may be updated as the learning algorithm improves.



We wish to thank the participants of the International ConferenceComparative Study on Happiness, held in October 2014 at EHESS, École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales, in Paris for their valuable feedback. In particular, we extend our gratitude to Professor Yagi and Professor Kawashima for their helpful comments.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.CREW (Center for Research in Economics and Well-Being) University of BaselBaselSwitzerland
  2. 2.CREMA – Center for Research in Economics, Management and the ArtsZurichSwitzerland
  3. 3.Kennedy SchoolHarvard UniversityCambridgeUSA

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