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Happiness Quantified: A Satisfaction Calculus Approach

Bernard M. S. van Praag and Ada Ferrer-i-Carbonell


This book deals with satisfaction analysis, that is, 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) on which preference orderings are based. Although written by two economists, the book covers many fields in the social sciences in the broadest sense, including psychology, sociology, and political science, with the aim of promoting discussion between the disciplines. It presents methodologies by which satisfaction can be analysed.

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

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2007 Print ISBN-13: 9780199226146
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2008 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199226146.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Bernard M. S. van Praag, author
University of Amsterdam, Tinbergen Institute and SCHOLAR

Ada Ferrer-i-Carbonell, author
University of Amsterdam, Tinbergen Institute and AIAS
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