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The Pursuit of Happiness: An Economy of Well-Being by Carol Graham

Published By: Brookings Focus Books. Washington, D.C.: Brookings Institution Press
ISBN: 978-0-8157-2127-7
Date of Publication: 2011


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Reviewed by: Andrew Clark of Paris School of Economics
Review DOI: 10.1257/jel.50.3.791.r5
Review Pages: 803-04

Book Review Abstract

Andrew Clark of Paris School of Economics reviews "The Pursuit of Happiness: An Economy of Well-Being" by Carol Graham. The EconLit abstract of the reviewed work begins: Explores the benefits and drawbacks of delving into the policy realm with happiness research and indicators, focusing on whether policy should be concerned with the issue of happiness. Discusses happiness—a new science; what we mean by happiness—a ""theory'' of agency and well-being; happiness around the world—what we know; adaptation and other puzzles; and gross national happiness versus gross national product. Graham is a senior fellow in Global Economy and Development and Charles Robinson Chair in Foreign Policy at the Brookings Institution and College Park Professor in the School of Public Policy at the University of Maryland. Index.


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E23: Production
I31: General Welfare; Quality of Life


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