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Happiness Inequality in the United States

Betsey Stevenson and Justin Wolfers

in Law and Happiness

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
February 2013
ISBN:
9780226676005
eISBN:
9780226676029
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226676029.003.0003
Subject:
Economics and Finance, Behavioural Economics

This chapter examines how the level and dispersion of self-reported happiness has evolved over the period 1972–2006. While there is no increase in aggregate happiness, inequality in happiness has ... More


The Gap: Happiness Scales and the Edge of Sadness

Peter N. Stearns

in Satisfaction Not Guaranteed: Dilemmas of Progress in Modern Society

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
March 2016
ISBN:
9780814783627
eISBN:
9780814783634
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
NYU Press
DOI:
10.18574/nyu/9780814783627.003.0002
Subject:
History, Cultural History

This chapter considers the assessments currently used for measuring happiness—and more broadly, for puzzling out the solution to the modernity–happiness gap. Happiness, of course, is notoriously hard ... More


The Dilemmas of Work in Modernity

Peter N. Stearns

in Satisfaction Not Guaranteed: Dilemmas of Progress in Modern Society

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
March 2016
ISBN:
9780814783627
eISBN:
9780814783634
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
NYU Press
DOI:
10.18574/nyu/9780814783627.003.0006
Subject:
History, Cultural History

This chapter tackles the disjunctures between modern work and both traditional standards and progressive forecasts, a persistent contributor to the gap between modernity and happiness. Modern work ... More


Conclusion: Shaping Modernity

Peter N. Stearns

in Satisfaction Not Guaranteed: Dilemmas of Progress in Modern Society

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
March 2016
ISBN:
9780814783627
eISBN:
9780814783634
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
NYU Press
DOI:
10.18574/nyu/9780814783627.003.0010
Subject:
History, Cultural History

This concluding chapter emphasizes that modernity will continue to progress as more nations begin to adopt it, and that adjustments to modernity are still ongoing regardless of its many failures. ... More


Modernity’s Deficiencies

Peter N. Stearns

in Satisfaction Not Guaranteed: Dilemmas of Progress in Modern Society

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
March 2016
ISBN:
9780814783627
eISBN:
9780814783634
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
NYU Press
DOI:
10.18574/nyu/9780814783627.003.0004
Subject:
History, Cultural History

This chapter sketches measurable deteriorations under modernity's shadow, which are capable of at least recurrently affecting resultant overall satisfaction. Deteriorations of community cohesiveness, ... More


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