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Policies for Happiness$
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Stefano Bartolini, Ennio Bilancini, Luigino Bruni, and Pier Luigi Porta

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780198758730

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198758730.001.0001

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Happiness, Habits, and High Rank

Happiness, Habits, and High Rank

Comparisons in Economic and Social Life

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(p.62) 4 Happiness, Habits, and High Rank
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Policies for Happiness
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Andrew E. Clark

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198758730.003.0005

The role of money in producing sustained subjective well-being seems to be seriously compromised by social comparisons and habituation. But does that necessarily mean that we would be better off doing something else instead? This chapter suggests that the phenomena of comparison and habituation are actually found in a considerable variety of economic and social activities, rendering conclusions regarding well-being policy less straightforward.

Keywords:   comparison, habituation, income, unemployment, marriage, divorce, health, religion, policy

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