Happiness Quantified : A Satisfaction Calculus Approach, Paperback / softback Book

Happiness Quantified : A Satisfaction Calculus Approach Paperback / softback


How do we measure happiness? Focusing on subjective measures as a proxy for welfare and well-being, this book finds ways to do that.

Subjective measures have been used by psychologists, sociologists, political scientists, and, more recently, economists to answer a variety of scientifically and politically relevant questions.

Van Praag, a pioneer in this field since 1971, and Ferrer-i-Carbonell present in this book a generally applicable methodology for the analysisof subjective satisfaction.

Drawing on a range of surveys on people's satisfaction with their jobs, income, housing, marriages, and government policy, among other areas of life, this book shows how satisfaction with life "as a whole" is an aggregate of these domain satisfactions.

Using German, British, Dutch, and Russian data, the authors cover a wide range of topics.

This groundbreaking book presents a new and fruitful methodology that constitutes a welcome addition to the social sciences.

The paperback edition has beenrevised to bring the literature review up-to-date and the chapter on poverty has been revised and extended to take account of new research.


  • Format: Paperback / softback
  • Pages: 392 pages, 24 figures and 140 tables
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
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  • Category: Sociology & anthropology
  • ISBN: 9780199226146

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