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Well-being and war


Frey, Bruno S (2012). Well-being and war. International Review of Economics, 59(4):363-375.

Abstract

Happiness research has dealt with a great number of determinants of well-being but has neglected the effect of war. Wars drastically reduce people's happiness. The large psychic costs of soldiers, the suffering of civilians, and the material destruction are well documented. An important issue for happiness research is how to calculate the forgone well-being of the people killed in war. Wars may also increase happiness by providing shared experiences, raising national pride, and "ennobling” people. "Combat flow” increases an individual soldier's subjective happiness. Deep issues are elicited regarding what type of happiness is legitimate

Abstract

Happiness research has dealt with a great number of determinants of well-being but has neglected the effect of war. Wars drastically reduce people's happiness. The large psychic costs of soldiers, the suffering of civilians, and the material destruction are well documented. An important issue for happiness research is how to calculate the forgone well-being of the people killed in war. Wars may also increase happiness by providing shared experiences, raising national pride, and "ennobling” people. "Combat flow” increases an individual soldier's subjective happiness. Deep issues are elicited regarding what type of happiness is legitimate

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:National licences > 142-005
Dewey Decimal Classification:330 Economics
Scopus Subject Areas:Social Sciences & Humanities > General Economics, Econometrics and Finance
Language:English
Date:1 December 2012
Deposited On:12 Dec 2018 17:21
Last Modified:15 Apr 2021 14:53
Publisher:Springer
ISSN:1865-1704
OA Status:Green
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1007/s12232-012-0146-0

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