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Happiness Quantified: A Satisfaction Calculus Approach

Bernard van Praag and Ada Ferrer-i-Carbonell


This book deals with satisfaction analysis, the way humans evaluate many aspects of their situation. It focuses on that which precedes decision taking, i.e., judgements and evaluations, likes and dislikes, and from which preference orderings originate. Although written by two economists, the book is intended for social scientists with the aim of promoting discussion between the two disciplines. It presents methodology by which satisfaction can be analysed along the lines similar to those used by econometricians to analyse ‘objective’ variables.

Keywords: satisfaction analysis, decision making, norms, economics, social science

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2004 Print ISBN-13: 9780198286547
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2005 DOI:10.1093/0198286546.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Bernard van Praag, author
University of Amsterdam, Tinbergen Institute and SCHOLAR
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Ada Ferrer-i-Carbonell, author
University of Amsterdam, Tinbergen Institute and AIAS
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