Emotional prosperity and the Stiglitz Commission
Oswald, Andrew J. (2010) Emotional prosperity and the Stiglitz Commission. Working Paper. Coventry: University of Warwick. Dept. of Economics. Warwick economics research paper series (TWERPS), Vol.2010 (No.950).
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This paper argues in line with the proposals of the recent Stiglitz Commission on the Measurement of Economic Performance and Social Progress that we should now be measuring a nation's emotional prosperity rather than its
economic prosperity (that is, we ought to focus on the level of mental well-being not the number of pounds in people's bank accounts). The paper reviews recent ideas in this field. It also describes seven recent studies that, worryingly, suggest that emotional prosperity may be declining through time. For labour-market specialists, a key question for future research is how much this
downward trend can be traced back to increased pressures in working life. That question currently remains open.
|Item Type:||Working or Discussion Paper (Working Paper)|
|Subjects:||H Social Sciences > HM Sociology|
|Divisions:||Faculty of Social Sciences > Economics|
|Library of Congress Subject Headings (LCSH):||Well-being -- Measurement, Social indicators, Quality of work life|
|Series Name:||Warwick economics research paper series (TWERPS)|
|Publisher:||University of Warwick. Dept. of Economics|
|Place of Publication:||Coventry|
|Status:||Not Peer Reviewed|
|Access rights to Published version:||Open Access|
Blanchflower, D.G., and Oswald, A.J. (2008). Hypertension and happiness across nations. Journal of Health Economics, 27(2): 218-233.
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