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Graham, Liam; Oswald, Andrew J (2008). Hedonic Capital and the Foundations of Mental Health. Working paper series / Institute for Empirical Research in Economics No. 397, University of Zurich.
This paper suggests a way to think about human well-being and psychological health. It distinguishes between mental stocks and flows. Central to thenanalysis is a concept we refer to as hedonic capital. This can be thought of as a level of emotional coping resources, or as the underlying stock to which the economist’s idea of a flow of utility corresponds. The model replicates the patterns found in the recent empirical psychology and economics literature: there is an approximately stable level of mental well-being and an automatic tendency to adapt back towards that level. Conventional economic theory does not fit these facts.
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|Item Type:||Working Paper|
|Communities & Collections:||03 Faculty of Economics > Department of Economics
Working Paper Series > Institute for Empirical Research in Economics (former)
|Dewey Decimal Classification:||330 Economics|
|Deposited On:||29 Nov 2011 22:47|
|Last Modified:||09 Jul 2012 05:03|
|Series Name:||Working paper series / Institute for Empirical Research in Economics|
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