- Title Pages
- Preface to the Paperback Edition
- Introduction: The New Paradigm
1Happiness over the Life Course: What Matters Most?
Part OneWhat Makes a Happy Adult?
4Work and Unemployment
5Building a Family
6Health of Mind and Body
8Social Norms and Institutions
9Happiness at Older Ages
Part TwoWhat Makes a Successful Child?
12Parenting and Parents’ Mental Health
Part ThreeSo What?
15Measuring Cost-Effectiveness in Terms of Happiness
16The Origins of Happiness
- Our Thanks
- Contents of Online Materials
- Sources and Notes For Tables And Figures
- Cartoon Credits
- (p.33) 2 Income
- The Origins of Happiness
Andrew E. Clark
- Princeton University Press
This chapter shows that, while happiness is not the same with income, income still affects happiness. Indeed, the effect of income on happiness is one of the best-measured effects in all happiness research. It presents the evidence to this effect. Again, the chapter begins with evidence from the British Cohort Study, mostly cross-sectional. It then goes on to time-series data on individuals drawn from three panel studies for Britain, Germany, and Australia, as well as cross-section data on the United States. The chapter also examines the key role of social comparisons and adaptation, before tracing how the income factor is determined by earlier childhood experiences.
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