Happiness And Public Policy: Theory, Case Studies and Implications

Hardcover | August 25, 2006

EditorY. NgbyLok Sang Ho

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This volume discusses the determinants of happiness and presents case studies of how public policy can help promote happiness. Happiness is a private matter and individual pursuit, however public policy does have an important role and can contribute much through various enabling means. Possible examples of such influence include establishing a set of institutions that allow private enterprises to flourish, investing in infrastructure and in education, protecting people from harm and reducing risks and alleviating pain when harm is unavoidable. This book takes a multidisciplinary approach that encompasses Economics, Psychology, Sociology, Anthropology, Political Science and an international perspective.

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This volume discusses the determinants of happiness and presents case studies of how public policy can help promote happiness. Happiness is a private matter and individual pursuit, however public policy does have an important role and can contribute much through various enabling means. Possible examples of such influence include establ...

YEW-KWANG NG holds a personal chair at Monash University, Australia. LOK SANG HO is Professor of Economics at Lingnan University, Hong Kong.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:280 pages, 8.5 × 5.51 × 0.03 inPublished:August 25, 2006Publisher:Palgrave Macmillan UKLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0230004970

ISBN - 13:9780230004979

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Introduction: Happiness as the Only Ultimate Objective of Public Policy--Y-k.Ng & L.S.Ho * PART 1: A HISTORICAL OVERVIEW OF THE STATE OF WELL BEING OF HUMANITY * Quality-of-life in the Modern Society Measured with Happy Life Years--R.Veenhoven * PART 2: DETERMINANTS AND ORIGINS OF HAPPINESS: THE CONCEPTUAL FRAMEWORK * 'The 'Three Happinesses' and Public Policy'--L.S.Ho * Internal and External Determinants of Subjective Well Being: Review and Policy Implications--U.Schimmack * Economics and Happiness Research: Insights from Austrian and Public Choice Economics--C.J.Coyne & P.J.Boettke * PART 3: AREA AND POLICY CASE STUDIES * Do Cigarettes Make Smokers Happier? J.Gruber & S.Mullainathan * Happiness and the Pursuit of a Life Worth Living: An Anthropological Approach--G.Mathews * Psychological Approaches to the Relationship between Happiness and Public Policy in P.R. China--K.Shi, X-l.Wang, R.Zheng, W.Shi, J-f.Lu & H-x.Fan * Happiness and Development: Public Policy Initiatives in the Kingdom of Bhutan--V.K.Shrotyria * An Exploratory Study of Resilience among Hong Kong Employees: Ways to Happiness--O-l.Siu, S.L.Chow, D.R.Phillips & L.Lin * Fun, Fervour or Fitness? Sporting Cultures and Happiness--B.Bridges * PART 4: IMPLICATIONS AND CONCLUSIONS * Public Policy Implications of Behavioural Economics and Happiness Studies--Y-k.Ng