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The Economics of Happiness

How the Easterlin Paradox Transformed Our Understanding of Well-Being and Progress

  • Mariano Rojas

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxvi
  2. Introduction

  3. Income and Happiness

  4. Happiness in Welfare Economics

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 127-127
    2. Gabriel Leite Mota
      Pages 129-156
  5. Applications of Happiness in Economics

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 193-193
    2. Ada Ferrer-i-Carbonell, Xavier Ramos
      Pages 195-215
    3. Chloe Michel, Michelle Sovinsky, Eugenio Proto, Andrew J. Oswald
      Pages 217-239
    4. Christian Krekel, George Ward, Jan-Emmanuel De Neve
      Pages 241-268
  6. Happiness in Development

About this book


This book presents a panoramic view of the implications from Richard Easterlin’s groundbreaking work on happiness and economics. Contributions in the book show the relevance of the Easterlin Paradox to main areas, such as the relationship between income and happiness, the relationship between economic growth and well-being, conceptions of progress and development, design and evaluation of policies for well-being, and the use of happiness research to address welfare economics issues. This book is unique in the sense that it gathers contributions from senior and top researchers in the economics of happiness, whom have played a central role in the consolidation of happiness economics, as well as promising young scholars, showing the current dynamism and consolidation of happiness economics.


Consolidation of Happiness Economics Economic Growth and Well-Being Easterlin Paradox Happiness along the Life Course Happiness in Welfare Economics Happiness Research and Policy Implicatons Income and Happiness Relationship between Economic Growth and Happiness Scientific Approach in the Study of Happiness Subjective Measures of Well-Being Happiness in Politics Richard Easterlin

Editors and affiliations

  • Mariano Rojas
    • 1
  1. 1.FLACSO-México & UPAEPTlalpan, Ciudad de MéxicoMexico

About the editors

Mariano Rojas is Professor of Economics at Facultad Latinoamericana de Ciencias Sociales, Sede México and at Universidad Popular Autónoma del Estado de Puebla, Mexico. He holds a Ph.D in economics from The Ohio State University, United States. His areas of research are: Subjective Well-Being, Happiness, Quality of Life, Poverty Studies, Economic Development and Social Progress. He was the President of the International Society for Quality of Life Studies, which is the largest and oldest academic Society addressing the issues of quality of life, happiness and well-being. He has published the books entitled The Scientific Study of Happiness (Fondo de Cultura Económica, Mexico) and Can the Economy provide Happiness? (RBA, Spain). Mariano Rojas also edited the Handbook of Happiness Research in Latin America (Springer) and co-edited the Global Handbook of Quality of Life: Exploration of Well-Being of Nations and Continents (Springer). He has published more than 100 academic papers and book chapters, mostly about happiness-related issues. Mariano Rojas also coordinated the Mexican Initiative Measuring the Progress of Societies: A Perspective from Mexico, which aimed to make a contribution from Latin America to the global discussion on new ways of conceiving and measuring social performance and progress. He has edited many books dealing with paradigm shift in the notion of social progress, such as: The Measurement of Progress and Well-Being; Proposals from Latin America.

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