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Happiness and the law / John Bronsteen, Christopher Buccafusco, Jonathan S. Masur.

Author / Creator Bronsteen, John, author.
Imprint Chicago ; London : The University of Chicago Press, [2015]
Description x, 289 pages ; 24 cm
Language English
Subject Happiness.
Well-being.
Sociological jurisprudence.
LAW -- Jurisprudence.
Happiness.
Sociological jurisprudence.
Well-being.
Glück
Wohlbefinden
Soziologie
Recht
Rechtstheorie
Kosten-Nutzen-Analyse
Format Print, Book
URL for this record http://pi.lib.uchicago.edu/1001/cat/bib/10114732
Varying Form of Title Spine title Happiness & the law
Other authors / contributors Buccafusco, Christopher, author.
Masur, Jonathan S., author.
ISBN 9780226075495
0226075494
Notes Includes bibliographical references (pages 261-282) and index.
Summary "Happiness and the law. At first glance, these two concepts seem to have little to do with each other. To some, they may even seem diametrically opposed. Yet one of the things the law strives for is to improve people's quality of life. To do this, it must first predict what will make people happy. Yet happiness research shows that time and time again, people err in predicting what will make them happy, overestimating the importance of money and mistaking the circumstances to which they can and cannot adapt. Drawing on new research in psychology, neuroscience, and economics, the authors of Happiness and the Law assess how the law affects people's quality of life - and how it can do so in a better way. Taking readers through some of the common questions about and objections to the use of happiness research in law and policy, they consider two areas in depth: criminal punishment and civil lawsuits. More broadly, the book proposes a comprehensive approach to assessing human welfare - well-being analysis - that is far superior to the strictly economically based cost-benefit analyses currently dominating how we evaluate public policy. The study of happiness is the next step in the evolution from traditional economic analysis of the law to a behavioral approach. Happiness and the Law will serve as the definitive, yet accessible, guide to understanding this new paradigm"--Unedited summary from book jacket.

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