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.
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