What are the opportunities for future happiness research?

  • Bruno S. FreyEmail author
Research Article


Happiness research has been a great success and has offered us great insights into the determinants and consequences of subjective well-being. As many contributions have accumulated, there are necessarily diminishing marginal insights. Most likely future happiness research will pursue the trodden paths. However, most fruitful results can be gained by comparing happiness to other human goals; by critically analyzing how the insights gained can be used for policy; by finding out what institutional prerequisites support happiness; as well as by turning to big issues so far neglected. The impact of tourism on life satisfaction is provided as an example.


Happiness Subjective well-being Human goals Policy Institutions Tourism 

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A11 A14 D02 D60 I30 


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The author declares that he has no conflict of interest.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of BaselBaselSwitzerland
  2. 2.CREMA – Center for Research in Economics, Management and the ArtsZurichSwitzerland

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