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Happiness Around the World: The paradox of happy peasants and miserable millionaires

Carol Graham


For centuries the pursuit of happiness was the preserve of either the philosopher or the voluptuary and took second place to the basic need to survive on the one hand, and the pressure to conform to social conventions and morality on the other. More recently there is a burgeoning interest in the study of happiness, in the social sciences and in the media. Can we really answer the question what makes people happy? How is happiness affected by poverty? By economic progress? Is happiness a viable objective for policy? This book is an attempt to answer these questions, based on research on the det ... More

Keywords: happiness, morality, poverty, economic progress, public policy, human well-being, inequality, health, income, crime

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2009 Print ISBN-13: 9780199549054
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2015 DOI:10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199549054.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Carol Graham, author
Senior Fellow and Charles Robinson Chair, The Brookings Institution; College Park Professor, University of Maryland