Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
Policies for Happiness$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

Stefano Bartolini, Ennio Bilancini, Luigino Bruni, and Pier Luigi Porta

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780198758730

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198758730.001.0001

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM OXFORD SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (www.oxfordscholarship.com). (c) Copyright Oxford University Press, 2020. All Rights Reserved. An individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in OSO for personal use. date: 18 February 2020

Policy Consequences of Happiness Research

Policy Consequences of Happiness Research

(p.21) 1 Policy Consequences of Happiness Research
Policies for Happiness

Bruno S. Frey

Alois Stutzer

Oxford University Press

Based on the economic analysis of subjective well-being, policy proposals in two areas, i.e. unemployment and status seeking behavior have been raised. We discuss the suggestion that due to the high psychic costs of individual unemployment, unemployed people should be helped more. Considerations refer to the functionality of experienced pressure in order to maintain a generous benefit system, the consequences of employment protection for employment and the missing institutional approach. The proposal of taxing status seeking in relative income and consumption is assessed based on traditional distorting effects like tax evasion and working in the shadow economy as well as based on the switching to status competition in other (potentially less productive) dimensions. An alternative perspective would compare institutions in their capacity to deal with individuals’ positional concerns.

Keywords:   status competition, subjective well-being, policy, unemployment, tax

Oxford Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs , and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us .