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Should national happiness be maximized?
Book Item (Buchkapitel, Lexikonartikel, jur. Kommentierung, Beiträge in Sammelbänden)
ID 61724
Author(s) Frey, Bruno S.; Stutzer, Alois
Author(s) at UniBasel Stutzer, Alois
Year 2009
Title Should national happiness be maximized?
Editor(s) Dutt, AK; Radcliff, B
Book title Happiness, economics and politics : toward a multi-disciplinary approach
Publisher Edward Elgar
Place of publication Cheltenham
Pages 301-323
ISSN/ISBN 978-1-84844-093-7 (hbk.) ; 1-84844-093-6 (hbk.)
Keywords Economic policy, happiness, life satisfaction, political economy, social welfare, utility
Abstract Cross-disciplinary ‘happiness research’ has made big progress in the measurementof individual welfare. This development makes it tempting to pursue the old dream ofmaximizing aggregate happiness as a social welfare function. However, we postulate that theappropriate approach is not to maximize aggregate happiness in seeking to improve outcomesby direct policy interventions. The goal of happiness research should rather be to improve thenature of the processes through which individuals can express their preferences. Individualsshould become better able to advance their idea of the good life, both individually andcollectively.
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Digital Object Identifier DOI 10.4337/9781849801973.00023
ISI-number WOS:000286656700016

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