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Social Indicators Research

, Volume 114, Issue 2, pp 621–637 | Cite as

Counting Happiness from the Individual Level to the Group Level

  • Edsel L. BejaJr.Email author
  • David B. Yap
Article

Abstract

A procedure for identifying the happy individuals in society is indispensable to efforts to align public policy with the needs of the citizenry. Individual self-reports on happiness, however, must first meet the dual requirements of cardinality and (at least) relative interpersonal comparability before they can be used in conjunction with a counting procedure to give a meaningful estimate of group level happiness. The paper demonstrates a count-based measure of group happiness that exhibits these desired qualities using data from the Philippines.

Keywords

Counting Individual Group Happiness 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of EconomicsAteneo de Manila UniversityQuezon CityPhilippines
  2. 2.AIM Policy Center, Asian Institute of ManagementMakati CityPhilippines

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