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Wealth(s) and Subjective Well-Being

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  • © 2019


  • First book to examine wealth and its relation to subjective well-being (SWB)
  • Presents wealth as a crucial resource in understanding economic and subjective well-being
  • Shows that the level of wealth is equally important as the level of income in affecting SWB

Part of the book series: Social Indicators Research Series (SINS, volume 76)

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This volume examines the impact of wealth on quality of life and subjective well-being (SWB). As wealth is related to economic, environmental and social features of societies, this volume serves as an important resource in understanding economic and SWB. It further discusses a variety of experiences and consequences of inequalities of wealth. Through the availability of wealth data in recent international surveys, this volume explores the multiple relations between wealth and SWB. Structured around four main pillars the book presents analysis of the topic at various levels such as theoretical and conceptual, methodological and empirically, ending with a section on distribution and policies. 

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Table of contents (22 chapters)

  1. Wealth and SWB: Theoretical, Conceptual and Historical Considerations

  2. Wealth and SWB: Methodological Considerations

  3. Housing Wealth and SWB: Empirical Findings

  4. National Wealth and SWB: Empirical Findings


“A much needed book. … the volume is comprehensive, an impressive breadth of coverage. … Brulé and Suter (2019) will be an important reference for happiness scholars, and there are many ways to build upon and extend this useful book. One may often steer away from edited volumes as not as scientific as journals, but this collection is important with multiple solid pieces.” (Adam Okulicz-Kozaryn, Journal of Happiness Studies, Vol. 23 (2), 2022)

Editors and Affiliations

  • University of Neuchâtel, Neuchâtel, Switzerland

    Gaël Brulé, Christian Suter

About the editors

Gaël Brulé (PhD) is a post-doc researcher in happiness studies at University of Neuchâtel and Erasmus University of Rotterdam. His areas of expertise are sociology, cross-cultural comparison and happiness.

Christian Suter (PhD) is a professor of sociology at the university of Neuchâtel. His areas of expertise are among others: sociology, social indicators, social inequalities and subjective well-being.

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