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The Happy Economist: Happiness for the Hard-headed

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A provocative look at an area few economists dare to tread—the importance of happiness

Most economists are obsessed with financial and economic measures, butherethe authormounts a provocative and persuasive case for happiness being the most important measure of all. Distilling the practical wisdom frommany recent scientific studies of happiness by psychologists and economis
Paperback, 272 pages
Published April 1st 2011 by Allen & Unwin (first published August 1st 2010)
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The longer I read it the more unhappy I have become due to forgone opportunity cost of not reading other books instead - it is not a bad book as such, but most of the material I found rather trivial and whatever detracts the average person's happiness I never found much of an issue in my own life (I did not need the statistics to reach logical conclusions and apply them).

One of the last chapters deal with the issue of sustainability offering a new type of "Ecological Economy" that does not seek
Ross Gittins is Economics Editor for the Sydney Morning Herald - but instead of parroting mindless conventionalities, in this clear & easy to read book, he questions the preoccupation of economists and politicians with GDP growth, and argues economics should go back to its roots: in the pursuit of what makes people happier. Material advances, he argues, are no longer adding much to happiness (at least in the world's wealthy nations), while the price of material gains, in terms of environment ...more
Interesting read. It got very repetitive at certain parts, but the premise of this book was still fantastic. I really enjoyed it!
Nina Sithakarn
I like the bits about happiness and marriage and children. It's quite funny, but it's true :)
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