Document Type

Lecture

Publication Date

2-21-2013

Streaming Media

Publisher

Brookings Mountain West

Abstract

The ongoing research activity of economists who study what constitutes happiness and make recommendations to governments about how best to increase it continues to receive global attention. The recent publication of the first World Happiness Report, commissioned for the United Nations General Assembly, argues that happiness can be measured objectively; that it differs systematically across societies and over time; that happiness has predictable causes and is correlated to specific things (such as wealth, income distribution, health, and political institutions); and government has the ability to create the right conditions for happiness to flourish. The U.S. National Academy of Sciences, meanwhile, has tasked a panel of experts (of which the author is a member) to explore which well-being metrics are most relevant for our own statistics. This presentation will highlight the metrics used to evaluate well-being or happiness and explore implications for public policy and global economy.

Keywords

Economic policy; Happiness; Political planning

Disciplines

Economics | Law | Social and Behavioral Sciences

Language

English

Comments

Greenspun Hall, UNLV Campus

Video File size: 175 megabytes

Attached file: 20 PowerPoint slides


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