The Happiness Equation

The Happiness Equation

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Why is marriage worth GBP200,000 a year? Why will having children make you unhappy? Why does happiness from winning the lottery take two years to arrive? Why does time heal the pain of divorce or the death of a loved one - but not unemployment? Everybody wants to be happy. But how much happiness - precisely - will each life choice bring? Should I get married? Am I really going to feel happy about the career that I picked? How can we decide not only which choice is better for us, but how much it's better for us? The result of new, unique research, The Happiness Equation brings to a general readership for the first time the new science of happiness economics. It describes how we can measure emotional reactions to different life experiences and present them in ways we can relate to. How, for instance, monetary values can be put on things that can't be bought or sold in the market - such as marriage, friendship, even death - so that we can objectively rank them in order of preference. It also explains why some things matter more to our happiness than others (like why seeing friends is worth more than a Ferrari) while others are worth almost nothing (like sunny weather). Nick Powdthavee - whose work on happiness has been discussed on both the Undercover Economist and Freakanomics blogs - brings cutting-edge research on how we value our happiness to a general audience, with a style that wears its learning lightly and is a joy to read.

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  • Paperback | 256 pages
  • 134 x 208 x 22mm | 358.34g
  • Icon Books Ltd
  • DuxfordUnited Kingdom
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 1848312466
  • 9781848312463
  • 384,734

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'An important, readable, incisive, and often marvellously funny book. The author is an international expert in the field and his deep knowledge shines through in the prose.' Andrew J Oswald, University of Warwick 'An adventure to one of the new frontiers of knowledge, this book is a masterful blend of personal experience, contemporary culture, and social science.' -- Richard Easterlin, University of Southern California 'This intelligent and entertaining book shows how the scientific study of happiness is changing the field of economics - and the world!' -- Daniel Gilbert, Professor of Psychology, Harvard University and author of 'STUMBLING ON HAPPINESS'

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About Nick Powdthavee

Dr. Nattavudh (Nick) Powdthavee is a researcher in applied microeconometrics, happiness data, health economics, labour economics, experimental and behavioural economics at the University of York. Discussions of his work have appeared in over 50 major international newspapers in the past five years, including the New York Times and the Guardian, as well as on TV including Channel 5 News and The Wright Stuff.

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