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The Origins of Happiness: The Science of Well-Being over the Life Course

Andrew Clark Sarah Fleche Richard Layard Nattavudh Powdthavee



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Princeton University Pres
27 August 2019
Society & Social Sciences; Sociology; Social, group or collective psychology; Regional government policies; Economics
A new perspective on life satisfaction and well-being over the life course What makes people happy? The Origins of Happiness seeks to revolutionize how we think about human priorities and to promote public policy changes that are based on what really matters to people. Drawing on a range of evidence using large-scale data from various countries, the authors consider the key factors that affect human well-being, including income, education, employment, family conflict, health, childcare, and crime. The Origins of Happiness offers a groundbreaking new vision for how we might become more healthy, happy, and whole.
By:   Andrew Clark, Sarah Fleche, Richard Layard, Nattavudh Powdthavee, George Ward
Imprint:   Princeton University Pres
Country of Publication:   United States
Dimensions:   Height: 216mm,  Width: 140mm, 
ISBN:   9780691196336
ISBN 10:   0691196338
Pages:   344
Publication Date:   27 August 2019
Audience:   College/higher education ,  Professional and scholarly ,  Primary ,  Undergraduate
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Andrew E. Clark is at the Paris School of Economics. Sarah Fleche is at the Aix-Marseille School of Economics. Richard Layard is at the London School of Economics. Nattavudh Powdthavee is at Warwick Business School. George Ward is at Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Reviews for The Origins of Happiness: The Science of Well-Being over the Life Course

If policymakers want to improve lives, it is important to understand how people feel and why. This book charts new territory, providing the first map of the long-term drivers of people's happiness. Martine Durand, chief statistician, OECD Rooted in the best-available evidence for each stage in life, The Origins of Happiness provides an ambitious and comprehensive analysis of what leads to a satisfying life, from childhood to old age. Alan Krueger, Princeton University This work is a must-read for the academic, policymaker, and informed citizen alike. Carol Graham, author of Happiness for All? The Origins of Happiness is a wonderful book. It presents a new look at what causes human well-being, and carefully analyzes the policies and programs that can enhance it. Ed Diener, coauthor of Happiness

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