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How state and local governments can buy their citizens’ happiness

Barrington-Leigh, Christopher and Wollenberg, Jan (2018) How state and local governments can buy their citizens’ happiness. USApp – American Politics and Policy Blog (29 Oct 2018). Blog Entry.

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One major goal for elected officials and policymakers is to improve the happiness of their constituents in cost-effective ways. But how do individuals’ circumstances influence which policies are likely to make them feel more satisfied with their lives? In new research which draws on a large Connecticut-based survey, Christopher Barrington-Leigh and Jan Wollenberg find that improvements in areas of people’s lives such as food security and social engagement can lead to much greater improvements in their happiness compared to increasing their incomes. With that in mind, they recommend that by targeting specific groups and needs, state and local agencies may be much more effective at improving happiness compared to more blanket measures which affect everyone.

Item Type: Online resource (Blog Entry)
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Additional Information: © 2018 The Author(s)
Divisions: LSE
Subjects: J Political Science > JK Political institutions (United States)
Date Deposited: 29 Apr 2021 08:30
Last Modified: 16 May 2024 10:12

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