Adaptation and the Easterlin Paradox

  • Andrew E. Clark
Part of the Creative Economy book series (CRE)


The Easterlin paradox has captured a great deal of attention across social science. The fundamental question behind this paradox is whether income is associated with subjective well-being, where the latter is often measured by single-item questions on happiness or life satisfaction. The broad consensus that has been reached is that, within country, richer people are on average happier than poorer people, and that richer countries are on general happier than poorer countries. As such, the cross-section relationship between income and subjective well-being is positive.


Life Satisfaction Full Adaptation British Household Panel Survey Income Rise Easterlin Paradox 
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I am grateful to Paul Frijters, Rich Lucas, Ewen McKinnon, Robert Rudolf, Aki Tsuchiya and seminar participants at the Comparative Study of Happiness Conferences in Kyoto and Paris for useful comments.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Paris School of Economics-CNRSParisFrance

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