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Distribution of resources, population happiness and public policy

Cummins, Robert 2007, Distribution of resources, population happiness and public policy, in PPDO 2007 : International Conference on Happiness and Public Policy, PPDO, Bangkok, Thailand, pp. 1-15.

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Title Distribution of resources, population happiness and public policy
Author(s) Cummins, Robert
Conference name International Conference on Happiness and Public Policy (2007 : Bangkok, Thailand)
Conference location Bangkok, Thailand
Conference dates 18 July 2007
Title of proceedings PPDO 2007 : International Conference on Happiness and Public Policy
Editor(s) [Unknown]
Publication date 2007
Conference series International Conference on Happiness and Public Policy
Start page 1
End page 15
Publisher PPDO
Place of publication Bangkok, Thailand
Summary This paper concerns the ways in which public policy regarding the distribution of resources might be used to increase the happiness of the Thai population. The term happiness refers to the subjective side of life quality, which in contemporary science is more commonly referred to as subjective wellbeing (SWB). The SWB construct is described within the theoretical context of SWB homeostasis. This is a proposed management system which has the role of maintaining a positive view of the self It will be described how the homeostatic system can be challenged by hardship. The resources that the system requires to manage such challenges will also be described.  Recommended forms of SWB measurement will be considered. It is concluded that public policy which directs resources to disadvantaged population sectors may be one of the most effective initiatives to enhance population wellbeing and national productivity.
Notes This conference paper has been republished in 2008 as 'Increasing population happiness through the distribution of resources' in Thammasat economic journal, vol. 26, no. 2, pp. 28-48.
Language eng
Field of Research 170113 Social and Community Psychology
Socio Economic Objective 920410 Mental Health
HERDC Research category E1 Full written paper - refereed
ERA Research output type E Conference publication
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30008137

Document type: Conference Paper
Collection: School of Psychology
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