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The Relevance of Happiness: Choosing Between Development Paths in Latin America

  • Mariano RojasEmail author
Part of the International Handbooks of Quality-of-Life book series (IHQL)

Abstract

This chapter argues for a happiness conception of well-being. It states that the dominant income-based conception of well-being is very limited and it neglects relevant aspects in people’s experience of being well. The subjective well-being (happiness) approach is explained and its relevance in the development debate is shown. The debate about the procurement of development is not just about instruments and strategies but, fundamentally, about what the final goals in a society are. The paper states that a developed society is one where citizens are satisfied with their lives. An illustration from the Latin American region is used to show the relevance of measuring happiness and incorporating it as final aim.

Keywords

Happiness Development Progress Latin America 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.FLACSO-México and UPAEPMexico CityMexico

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