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The Use of Happiness Research for Public Policy
JournalArticle (Originalarbeit in einer wissenschaftlichen Zeitschrift)
ID 1443305
Author(s) Frey, Bruno S.; Stutzer, Alois
Author(s) at UniBasel Stutzer, Alois
Year 2012
Title The Use of Happiness Research for Public Policy
Journal Social choice and welfare
Volume 38
Number 4
Pages / Article-Number 659-674
Abstract Research on happiness tends to follow a "benevolent dictator" approach where politicians pursue people's happiness. This paper takes an antithetic approach based on the insights of public choice theory. First, we inquire how the results of happiness research may be used to improve the choice of institutions. Second, we show that the policy approach matters for the choice of research questions and the kind of knowledge happiness research aims to provide. Third, we emphasize that there is no shortcut to an optimal policy maximizing some happiness indicator or social welfare function since governments have an incentive to manipulate this indicator.
Publisher Springer International
ISSN/ISBN 0176-1714
Full Text on edoc Available
Digital Object Identifier DOI 10.1007/s00355-011-0629-z
ISI-Number WOS:000302262200008
Document type (ISI) Article

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