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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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The Origins of Happiness

The Origins of Happiness

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The Origins of Happiness

Andrew E. Clark

Sarah Flèche

Richard Layard

Nattavudh Powdthavee

George Ward

Princeton University Press

This chapter summarizes the main findings on what determines happiness. These are expressed in numerical form, because there is no way to compare the importance of different things except by using numbers. The chapter's measure of happiness throughout is life-satisfaction, measured on a scale of 0 to 10. That is, like all other estimates in this book, an average effect across many people, some of whom will suffer more and others less. But from a policy point of view the average is a good place to start. The chapter describes how these findings have been reached. It also illustrates the massive range of issues covered, with a few key findings about what determines happiness.

Keywords:   happiness, life-satisfaction, policy, happiness measure

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