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Some Lessons from Happiness Economics for Environmental Sustainability

  • Heinz WelschEmail author
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Part of the Happiness Studies Book Series book series (HAPS)

Abstract

This chapter discusses economic maximization from the perspective of environmental sustainability. It starts by discussing happiness as an empirically applicable approximation to the traditional economic notions of utility and preference. It then shows how the economic analysis of happiness has uncovered previously neglected channels through which the current styles of economic behavior affect environmental integrity and sustainability. Finally, the chapter briefly discusses the ways in which a better understanding of the factors and mechanisms underlying happiness may contribute to forming a more environmentally sustainable lifestyle.

Keywords

Life Satisfaction Environmental Friendliness Consumption Externality Happiness Research Experienced Utility 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of EconomicsCarl von Ossietzky UniversitätOldenburgGermany

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