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Happiness around the world : the paradox of happy peasants and miserable millionaires / Carol Graham.

Author / Creator Graham, Carol, 1962-
Imprint Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2009.
Description xviii, 249 p. : ill. ; 23 cm.
Language English
Subject Economics -- Psychological aspects.
Happiness -- Economic aspects.
Quality of life.
Economics -- Psychological aspects.
Happiness -- Economic aspects.
Quality of life.
Format Print, Book
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ISBN 9780199549054 (hbk.)
0199549052 (hbk.)
Notes Includes bibliographical references and index.
Table of Contents:
  • List of Figures
  • List of Tables
  • Abbreviations
  • Introduction
  • Chapter 1. The Economics of Happiness
  • The Approach
  • The Easterlin Paradox
  • Selected Applications of Happiness Economics
  • Policy Implications
  • Chapter 2. The Happiness and Income Debate: Substance, Methodology, and the Easterlin Paradox
  • Question Framing Issues
  • Country Selection Issues
  • Conclusions
  • Appendix 2.1.
  • Chapter 3. The Determinants of Happiness around the World
  • Comparing Latin America, Russia, and the OECD
  • A Bird's Eye View of Happiness in Transition: Central Asia, Cuba, and Eastern Europe
  • 'Happiness' in Africa
  • Happiness in Afghanistan: Insights on Human Well-Being in the midst of Turmoil
  • Conclusions
  • Chapter 4. Does Happiness Matter?
  • Russia in the 1990s
  • Changes in Happiness in Russia, 1995-2000
  • Does Happiness Matter to Future Outcomes?
  • Conclusions
  • Chapter 5. Happiness and Health across Countries and Cultures
  • Happiness and Health
  • Variance in the Health-Happiness Relationship: The Example of Obesity
  • Poverty, Health, and Happiness
  • Inequality
  • How Different Illnesses Affect Your Life: Some Evidence from Well-Being Surveys and EQ-5D Scores for Latin America
  • Relevance to Policy?
  • Chapter 6. Economic Growth, Crises, Inequality, and More
  • Economic Growth: An Unhappy Paradox
  • The Happy Peasants and Frustrated Achievers
  • The Aspirations Paradox
  • Relative Incomes and Inequality-Part of the Paradox?
  • Much Unhappier than Growth: Financial Crises and Well-Being
  • The Misery Index: Inflation versus Unemployment
  • Conclusions
  • Chapter 7. Adapting to Good and Bad Fortune: How Friends, Freedom, Crime, and Corruption affect Happiness
  • Social Capital and Friendships
  • Political Freedom, Political Participation, and Happiness
  • Adapting to Bad Equilibrium: Crime and Corruption
  • Conclusions
  • Chapter 8. Happiness around the World: Lessons-and Questions-for Policy
  • Treading-Carefully-in the Policy Arena
  • Happiness and Policy Going Forward
  • References
  • Index