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Happiness and Economic Growth: Lessons from Developing Countries

Andrew E. Clark and Claudia Senik


This book analyzes the relationship between income and subjective well-being, in particular in the increasingly relevant context of developing countries. A number of chapters in the book set out new evidence to explain why, despite the remarkable rate of economic growth that has been experienced in the country, the average level of happiness in China appears not to have risen. The various arguments raised in these chapters appeal to a number of matters such as increased insecurity, unemployment, adaptation to new higher living standards, and peer comparison. The collection also contains more m ... More

Keywords: happiness, economic development, Easterlin paradox, inequality, China

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780198723653
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2015 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198723653.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Andrew E. Clark, editor
Paris School of Economics

Claudia Senik, editor
University Paris-Sorbonne and Paris School of Economics

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2 The Great Happiness Moderation

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4 Subjective Well-being and Social Evaluation

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5 Income Comparisons in Chinese Villages*

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6 Happiness and Economic Growth

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