2 thoughts on “The renewed folly of the Economics of Happiness”

  1. Posted 13/04/2011 at 15:15 | Permalink

    One of the dangers with Happiness Economics is that supporters often pick out the ‘facts’ that suit their own agenda best. At least, I’ve never heard anyone saying “I personally hate X, but I’m nevertheless in favour of promoting X because happiness data, shows that X increases aggregate happiness”.
    This tendency would surely become a lot worse if maximising some happiness indicator was to become an official policy goal.

  2. Posted 08/05/2011 at 17:34 | Permalink

    I have written about this, mocking the happiness economists, in my published article Happiness by Index and Decree in The Salisbury Review. Enjoy!

    http://www.salisburyreview.co.uk/Happiness_by_Index_and_Decree.html

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