Happiness and Public Policy: Theory, Case Studies and Implications

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Happiness is a private matter and individual pursuit; however, public policy does have an important role and can contribute much through various enabling means. This volume discusses the determinants of happiness and presents case studies of how public policy can help promote happiness.
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PETER J. BOETTKE Professor, Economics Department, George Mason University, USA BRIAN BRIDGES Professor, Department of Politics and Sociology and Director, Center for Asian Pacific Studies, Lingnan University, Hong Kong S.L. CHOW Professor of Psychology, University of Regina, Canada CHRISTOPHER J. COYNE Assistant Professor of Economics, Hampden-Sydney College, Austria HONG-XIA FAN PhD Student, Institute of Labor and Industrial Relations, University of Illinois, USA JOHNATHAN GRUBER Professor of Economics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA LIN LIN PhD Candidate, Research Center for the Social and Economic Behaviors, Chinese Academy of Sciences, China JIA-FANG LU Assistant Teaching Fellow, Department of Politics and Sociology, Lingnan University, Hong Kong GORDON MATHEWS Associate Professor of Anthropology, Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong SENDHIL MULLAINATHAN Professor of Economics, Harvard University, USA DAVID R. PHILLIPS Chair Professor of Social Policy, Department of Politics and Sociology, Lingnan University, Hong Kong KAN SHI Director, Research Center for the Social and Economic Behaviors and Vice President, Chinese Association of Psychology, China OI-LING SIU Professor, Lingnan University, Hong Kong WEI SHI Masters Candidate, Research Center for the Social and Economic Behaviors, Chinese Academy of Sciences, China ULRICH SCHIMMACK Associate Professor, University of Toronto, Canada VIJAY KUMAR SHROTYRIA Reader, Department of Commerce, North Eastern Hill University, India RUUT VEENHOVEN Professor of Social Conditions for Human Happiness, Erasmus University of Rotterdam, The Netherlands XIAO-LU WANG PhD Candidate, Institute of Psychology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, China RUI ZHENG Assistant Professor, Social and Economic Behaviors, Chinese Academy of Sciences, China.
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Springer
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Published on
Aug 25, 2006
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Pages
260
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ISBN
9780230288027
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English
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Business & Economics / Economics / General
Business & Economics / Economics / Macroeconomics
Business & Economics / Economics / Microeconomics
Business & Economics / Economics / Theory
Political Science / Public Affairs & Administration
Political Science / Public Policy / General
Political Science / Public Policy / Social Policy
Political Science / Public Policy / Social Services & Welfare
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This is a collection consisting largely of poems and Lok- Sang's translation of the Daodejing, the Xin Xin Ming, and the Heart Sutra, plus a number of short passages grouped under the title of The Essence of Spirituality from A to Z. The book brings together the teachings from the west and from the east about how to live a rich, fulfilling life. Carrying the subtitle "a tribute to Life", the author promotes his "happiness formula" LIFE, consisting of Love, Insight, Fortitude, and Engagement, pleading with readers that Life is the only resource we have and that we all need to do the best we can to ensure that its potential can be realized. That is the surest and the only way to gain happiness.


Professor Liah Greenfeld, Boston University:

"Today, when history takes one of its true great turns ....Lok Sang Ho's book appears particularly timely.... It is a book of poetry not only because it contains masterful original renditions of the Song of the Truthful Mind, the Heart Sutra, and most remarkably, the Daodejing of Laozi, but essentially because it seems to feel its way to enlightenment with words, using words as a search-light, rather than a recording medium of ideas and impressions."



Drew Weiss, Clinical Psychiatrist, Carleton College:

"As I read verse 57(of the Daodejing) again, I am reminded of my culture, the clever gadgets in most people's hands today afford access to the world's many great wisdoms and to information essential to becoming a fully engaged member of society. Yet much of what people week and share is rubbish or worse and most seem completely unaware of themselves, the world, or the effects of their clever gadgets. This book is a treasure."

Much attention has been given to the economics of everyday life, which typically applies economic principles to the analysis of the different choices that people face under different situations. Yet there are hardly any books on the economics of life—an economics that takes the finite lifespan as the starting point and that looks at how one can maximize the subjective value from life given the constraint of the limited lifespan.

In this volume, Lok Sang Ho suggests that the lack of progress in happiness among developed countries despite significant economic growth is due to a deficit of "mental goods", rather than a lack of material goods. The author stresses the role of culture and mental habits in determining the efficacy of gaining mental goods which includes love, a sense of security and autonomy, contentment, self-esteem, self-acceptance, and freedom from anxiety. Drawing on empirical research, the book explores how to invest, work, and consume from a whole life perspective, arguing that every action - consumption, investment, or work - should enhance the total quality of life. This overriding concern about life itself is known as love.

The Psychology and Economics of Happiness

uses the analytical framework of economists on a subject studied by positive psychologists, drawing both from empirical evidence and from psychological literature. It will be of interest to researchers and academics interested in economic and positive psychology, as well as those from related fields keen to learn more about living fuller, happier lives.
“Ideas of economic democracy are very much in the air, as they should be, with increasing urgency in the midst of today’s serious crises. Richard Wolff’s constructive and innovative ideas suggest new and promising foundations for much more authentic democracy and sustainable and equitable development, ideas that can be implemented directly and carried forward. A very valuable contribution in troubled times.”—Noam Chomsky

"Probably America's most prominent Marxist economist."—The New York Times

Capitalism as a system has spawned deepening economic crisis alongside its bought-and-paid-for political establishment. Neither serves the needs of our society. Whether it is secure, well-paid, and meaningful jobs or a sustainable relationship with the natural environment that we depend on, our society is not delivering the results people need and deserve.

One key cause for this intolerable state of affairs is the lack of genuine democracy in our economy as well as in our politics. The solution requires the institution of genuine economic democracy, starting with workers managing their own workplaces, as the basis for a genuine political democracy.

Here Richard D. Wolff lays out a hopeful and concrete vision of how to make that possible, addressing the many people who have concluded economic inequality and politics as usual can no longer be tolerated and are looking for a concrete program of action.

Richard D. Wolff is professor of Economics emeritus at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. He is currently a visiting professor at the New School University in New York. Wolff is the author of many books, including Capitalism Hits the Fan: The Global Economic Meltdown and What to Do About It. He hosts the weekly hour-long radio program Economic Update on WBAI (Pacifica Radio) and writes regularly for The Guardian, Truthout.org, and the MRZine.


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