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HumanHappinessandthePursuitofMaximization
HappinessStudiesBookSeries2013,pp191210
Date:10Jul2013

AHappinessTestfortheNewMeasuresofNationalWellBeing:HowMuchBetter
thanGDPareThey?
Abstract
AcrosstheglobethereisgrowingskepticismabouttheusefulnessofGDPasameasureofnationalwellbeing.Consequently,severalalternative
qualityoflife(QOL)measuresweredevelopedwhicheitheraimathealingtheGDP,complementingit,orreplacingit.Thischapterportrays
someofthesenewmeasuresandputsthemtoahappinesstest:comparedtotheGDP,arethenewQOLmeasuresbetterabletocapturewhat
makespeoplehappyandsatisfiedwiththeirlives?Usingdatafor34OECDsocieties,wecanshowthatfromahappinessperspective,thereis
surprisinglylittlewrongwiththeGDP,andmostalternativeQOLmeasuresdonotoutperformGDP.Yet,onemeasureactuallydoesabetter
job:theOECDsBetterLifeIndexwhichisparticularlyeffectivewhenitcomestopredictingsubjectivewellbeingintherichestOECD
countries.Insum,thechapterdemonstratesthatahappinessperspectivecanaddimportantinsightsalongthewaytofacilitatethesearchfora
new,widelyaccepted,internationallycomparablemeasureofwellbeing.
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Title
AHappinessTestfortheNewMeasuresofNationalWellBeing:HowMuchBetterthanGDPareThey?
BookTitle
HumanHappinessandthePursuitofMaximization
BookSubtitle
IsMoreAlwaysBetter?
Pages
pp191210
Copyright
2013
DOI
10.1007/9789400766099_14
PrintISBN
9789400766082
OnlineISBN
9789400766099
SeriesTitle
HappinessStudiesBookSeries
SeriesISSN
22137513
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SpringerNetherlands
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SpringerScience+BusinessMediaDordrecht
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QualityofLifeResearch
PositivePsychology
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FinancialEconomics
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Editors
HilkeBrockmann (3)
JanDelhey(4)
EditorAffiliations
3.,SchoolofHumanitiesandSocialSciences,JacobsUniversityBremen
4.SchoolofHumanitiesandSocialSciences,JacobsUniversity
Authors
JanDelhey(1)
ChristianKroll(2)
AuthorAffiliations
1.SchoolofHumanitiesandSocialSciences,JacobsUniversityBremen,Bremen,Germany
2.BremenInternationalGraduateSchoolofSocialSciences,Bremen,Germany

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