Departmental Bulletin Paper The Significance and Availability of Happiness Study

Harada, Hiroo

2pp.9 - 39 , 2016-03 , Center for Social Well-being Studies Institute for the Development of Social Intelligence Senshu University
MEXT-Supported Program for the Strategic Research Foundation at Private Universities (2014-2018)
Forming a Social Well-being Research Consortium in Asia
Since the 18th century, life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness have been widely recognized as the rights of the people against the government. However, the active pursuit of happiness have been neglected in current economic policy. Pigou's work (1920) proposed the idea: All other circumstances being equal (ceteris paribus), increasing the national dividend will tend to increase economic welfare. Pigou's logic not only prompted the use of GDP/GNP as the main and singular target and means of national macroeconomic policy, but also led to the pursuit of an avenue to even firmer establishment of the welfare state.Our basic assumption is whether or not there is a correlation between life-satisfaction and economic condition. It has emerged from the Japanese surveys to date that, while life satisfaction is partially dependent upon work and income, it also differs greatly depending upon the individual's stage of life (young, middle age, or older), and in all cases, compared to both the same ages and relative wealth levels, life satisfaction is always higher for women than men. The young, with many years still in front of them, can envision a bright future for themselves and look positively at their current status.

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