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Happiness for All?: Unequal Hopes and Lives in Pursuit of the American Dream

Carol Graham


The Declaration of Independence states that all people are endowed with certain unalienable rights, and that among these is the pursuit of happiness. But is happiness available equally to everyone in America today? How about elsewhere in the world? This book draws on cutting-edge research linking income inequality with well-being to show how the widening prosperity gap has led to rising inequality in people's beliefs, hopes, and aspirations. For the United States and other developed countries, the high costs of being poor are most evident not in material deprivation but rather in stress, insec ... More

Keywords: happiness, inequality, optimism, rich people, poor people, divided society, well-being measures, life satisfaction, misery, despair

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780691169460
Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: May 2018 DOI:10.23943/princeton/9780691169460.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Carol Graham, author
The Brookings Institution