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Title:Tullock challenges: Happiness, revolutions and democracy PDF Logo
Authors:Frey, Bruno S.
Issue Date:2011
Series/Report no.:CESifo working paper: Public Choice 3460
Abstract:Gordon Tullock has been one of the most important founders and contributors to Public Choice. Two innovations are typical 'Tullock Challenges'. The first relates to method: the measurement of subjective well-being, or happiness. The second relates to digital social networks such as Facebook, Twitter, or to some extent Google. Both innovations lead to strong incentives by the governments to manipulate the policy consequences. In general 'What is important, will be manipulated by the government'. To restrain government manipulation one has to turn to Constitutional Economics and increase the possibilities for direct popular participation and federalism, or introduce random mechanisms.
Subjects:happiness
social networks
constitutional economics
random mechanisms
public choice
JEL:D72
H10
I31
P16
D02
Document Type:Working Paper
Appears in Collections:CESifo Working Papers, CESifo Group Munich

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