Happiness Quantified: A Satisfaction Calculus Approach / Edition 2

Happiness Quantified: A Satisfaction Calculus Approach / Edition 2

by Bernard van Praag, Ada Ferrer-i-Carbonell
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0199226148

ISBN-13: 9780199226146

Pub. Date: 03/01/2008

Publisher: Oxford University Press

How do we measure happiness? This important and long-awaited book presents a new and unified approach to the analysis of subjective satisfaction and income evaluation. Drawing on empirical analyses of German, British, Dutch, and Russian data, it develops new methodology to establish a model of well-being which includes satisfaction with life as a whole and with

Overview

How do we measure happiness? This important and long-awaited book presents a new and unified approach to the analysis of subjective satisfaction and income evaluation. Drawing on empirical analyses of German, British, Dutch, and Russian data, it develops new methodology to establish a model of well-being which includes satisfaction with life as a whole and with various domains of life. This method is applied to study individual and collective norms, to construct family-equivalence scales, to estimate health damages, compensation for externalities, and the construction of tax tariffs, and to define subjective inequalities with respect to well-being, income, and other domains of life. Written for a wide readership of social scientists, the book presents a theoretical and empirical breakthrough into a new and fruitful methodology in the social sciences.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780199226146
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
Publication date:
03/01/2008
Edition description:
REV
Pages:
392
Sales rank:
455,926
Product dimensions:
9.10(w) x 6.10(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents


1. Introduction

2. The analysis of income satisfaction with an application to family equivalence scales

3. Domain satisfactions

4. The aggregation of satisfactions: General satisfaction as an aggregate

5. Political satisfaction

6. Males, females, and households

7. The impact on past and future on present satisfaction

8. The influence of the reference group on norms

9. Health and subjective well-being

10. The effects of climate on welfare and well-being: External effects

11. How to find compensations for aircraft noise nuisance

12. Taxation and well-being

13. Subjective income inequalities

14. A generalized approach to subjective inequalities

15. Poverty

16. Epilogue

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