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dc.contributor.authorBlanchflower, David G.en_US
dc.contributor.authorOswald, Andrew J.en_US
dc.date.accessioned2005-05-26en_US
dc.date.accessioned2010-07-07T09:07:41Z-
dc.date.available2010-07-07T09:07:41Z-
dc.date.issued2005en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10419/33174-
dc.description.abstractAccording to the well-being measure known as the U.N. Human Development Index, Australia now ranks 3rd in the world and higher than all other English-speaking nations. This paper questions that assessment. It reviews work on the economics of happiness, considers implications for policymakers, and explores where Australia lies in international subjective well-being rankings. Using new data on approximately 50,000 randomly sampled individuals from 35 nations, the paper shows that Australians have some of the lowest levels of job satisfaction in the world. Moreover, among the sub-sample of English-speaking nations, where a common language should help subjective measures to be reliable, Australia performs poorly on a range of happiness indicators. The paper discusses this paradox. Our purpose is not to reject HDI methods, but rather to argue that much remains to be understood in this area.en_US
dc.language.isoengen_US
dc.publisher|aInstitute for the Study of Labor (IZA) |cBonnen_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries|aIZA Discussion Papers |x1601en_US
dc.subject.jelE6en_US
dc.subject.ddc330en_US
dc.subject.keywordwell-beingen_US
dc.subject.keywordhappinessen_US
dc.subject.keywordHDIen_US
dc.subject.keywordmacroeconomicsen_US
dc.subject.stwEntwicklungsindikatoren_US
dc.subject.stwLebensqualitäten_US
dc.subject.stwArbeitszufriedenheiten_US
dc.subject.stwAustralienen_US
dc.titleHappiness and the human development index: the paradox of Australiaen_US
dc.type|aWorking Paperen_US
dc.identifier.ppn48746608Xen_US
dc.rightshttp://www.econstor.eu/dspace/Nutzungsbedingungen-

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