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Maximising Happiness?


Frey, Bruno S; Stutzer, Alois (1999). Maximising Happiness? Working paper series / Institute for Empirical Research in Economics No. 22, University of Zurich.

Abstract

"The measurement of individual happiness challenges the notion that revealed preferences only reliably reflect individual utility. Reported subjective well-being is a broader concept than traditional decision utility; it also includes concepts like experience and procedural utility. Micro- and macroeconometric happiness functions offer new insights on determinants of life satisfaction. However, one should not leap to the conclusion that happiness should be maximized in the sense of social welfare function maximization. In contrast, happiness research strengthens the validity of an institutional approach such as reflected in the theory of democratic economic policy."

Abstract

"The measurement of individual happiness challenges the notion that revealed preferences only reliably reflect individual utility. Reported subjective well-being is a broader concept than traditional decision utility; it also includes concepts like experience and procedural utility. Micro- and macroeconometric happiness functions offer new insights on determinants of life satisfaction. However, one should not leap to the conclusion that happiness should be maximized in the sense of social welfare function maximization. In contrast, happiness research strengthens the validity of an institutional approach such as reflected in the theory of democratic economic policy."

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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
Language:English
Date:October 1999
Deposited On:29 Nov 2011 19:45
Last Modified:27 Nov 2020 07:13
Series Name:Working paper series / Institute for Empirical Research in Economics
ISSN:1424-0459
OA Status:Green
Official URL:http://www.econ.uzh.ch/wp.html