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Subjective Well-Being Inside the Obama Administration

An interesting observation about the potential policy impact of “happiness economics” in?this weekend’s Financial Times from the always-astute?Tim Harford:

Perhaps Barack Obama has been taking note: three leading happiness scholars, Betsey Stevenson, Kahneman’s co-author Alan Krueger and Cass Sunstein all have senior government positions. Maybe they can figure out how to improve the nation’s mood.

While the UK House of Lords has?Richard Layard, I can’t think of any country in the world in which three senior political appointments have been filled by happiness scholars.? I wonder how the research of these scholars informs and shapes their policy work.
Read?the full piece here.