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Increasing population happiness through the distribution of resources

Cummins, Robert A. 2008, Increasing population happiness through the distribution of resources, Thammasat economic journal, vol. 26, no. 2, pp. 28-48.

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Title Increasing population happiness through the distribution of resources
Author(s) Cummins, Robert A.
Journal name Thammasat economic journal
Volume number 26
Issue number 2
Start page 28
End page 48
Publisher College of Economics, Thammasat University
Place of publication Bangkok, Thailand
Publication date 2008
ISSN 1685-3008
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.
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This article was originally presented at the 2007 International Conference on Happiness and Public Policy.
Language eng
Field of Research 170113 Social and Community Psychology
Socio Economic Objective 970117 Expanding Knowledge in Psychology and Cognitive Sciences
HERDC Research category C3 Non-refereed articles in a professional journal
Copyright notice ©Thammasat University, Faculty of Economics
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30019047

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