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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
16 April 2018
What makes people happy? Why should governments care about people's well-being? How would policy change if well-being was the main objective? 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 uniquely comprehensive ra
By:   Andrew Clark, Sarah Fleche, Richard Layard, Nattavudh Powdthavee, George Ward
Imprint:   Princeton University Pres
Country of Publication:   United States
Dimensions:   Height: 235mm,  Width: 152mm, 
Weight:   567g
ISBN:   9780691177892
ISBN 10:   0691177899
Pages:   336
Publication Date:   16 April 2018
Audience:   College/higher education ,  Professional and scholarly ,  Primary ,  Undergraduate
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Andrew E. Clark is a full research professor at the Paris School of Economics. Sarah Fleche is a research economist at the London School of Economics. Richard Layard is emeritus professor of economics at the London School of Economics and a member of the House of Lords. He is the coauthor of Thrive (Princeton) and Happiness. Nattavudh Powdthavee is professor of behavioural science at Warwick Business School. He is the author of The Happiness Equation. George Ward is a PhD candidate in behavioral science at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. All of the authors are members of the Wellbeing Programme at the London School of Economics' Centre for Economic Performance.

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

The most significant contribution of The Origins of Happiness lies in its integrated approach to life satisfaction over the life cycle. The authors combine cohort studies, longitudinal panels, and cross-section surveys to provide fuller perspectives. No one else has done this in such a systematic way. -John F. Helliwell, University of British Columbia 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 book-written by several masters in the field-brings our knowledge of well-being to a new level. It demonstrates how experiences and emotions in the early years link to adult outcomes, and highlights the importance of parental well-being to that of children. The authors provide new metrics for designing and assessing policies that can affect the welfare of millions of people throughout the course of their lives. This work is a must-read for the academic, policymaker, and informed citizen alike. -Carol Graham, author of Happiness for All? Unequal Hopes and Lives in Pursuit of the American Dream 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: Unlocking the Mysteries of Psychological Wealth 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. Along the way, it highlights both familiar and more groundbreaking routes to progress. There are helpful signposts in here for all those seeking different and better paths to advance people's well-being. -Martine Durand, chief statistician and director of statistics of the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development

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