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The Origins of HappinessThe Science of Well-Being over the Life Course$
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Andrew Clark, Sarah Fléche, Richard Layard, Nattavudh Powdthavee, and George Ward

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780691196336

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: May 2020

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691196336.001.0001

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Social Norms and Institutions

Social Norms and Institutions

(p.115) 8 Social Norms and Institutions
The Origins of Happiness

Andrew E. Clark

Sarah Flèche

Richard Layard

Nattavudh Powdthavee

George Ward

Princeton University Press

This chapter turns to the Gallup World Poll to investigate the impacts of social norms and institutions upon a person's life-satisfaction. Social norms and institutions are public goods that affect all individuals living in a society. As such, their effects can only be studied by comparing life-satisfaction across societies, rather than across individuals. To that end, the chapter compares different nations. Countries differ in many ways apart from income and health. Perhaps the most important of these are in their ethical norms of behavior, networks of social support, openness and tolerance, personal freedom, the quality of government, equality, and levels of religiosity.

Keywords:   social norms, social institutions, bonding capital, bridging capital, Gallup World Poll, ethical norms, social support, equality, life-satisfaction, happiness

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