nep-hap New Economics Papers
on Economics of Happiness
Issue of 2022‒10‒31
two papers chosen by
Viviana Di Giovinazzo
Università degli Studi di Milano-Bicocca

  1. Lessons from ten years of the World Happiness Report By Maria Cotofan
  2. Are Subjective Questions on Welfare Appropriate during Crises ? Evidence from the Onsetof Conflict in the Republic of Yemen By Tandon,Sharad Alan

  1. By: Maria Cotofan
    Abstract: The World Happiness Report gives us an annual insight into global wellbeing. Maria Cotofan looks at what we have learned about the determinants of wellbeing in the past ten years - and what challenges and opportunities lie ahead.
    Keywords: wellbeing, happiness, world happiness report
    Date: 2022–06–21
  2. By: Tandon,Sharad Alan
    Abstract: Subjective questions on welfare, such as satisfaction with particular welfare dimensions, areincreasingly being used to measure changes in well-being during crises. Although subjective questions on welfare havewell-known limitations, it is possible that analyzing changes in response to large events can address some ofthese concerns. However, this paper illustrates a new difficulty in interpreting changes in such measures intumultuous circumstances. Specifically, crises can impact both the scale with which households report their subjectiveassessments and the behaviors from which deprivations are traditionally inferred, and it is unclear how wellsubjective measures align with traditional welfare metrics in such a setting. This paper demonstrates the importance ofthis issue following the onset of the conflict in the Republic of Yemen, which caused large declines in nearly alltraditional measures of well-being. However, the findings show that households reported a large increase insatisfaction in the same welfare dimensions where deprivations increased.
    Date: 2022–09–14

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