Hedonomics: Bridging Decision Research with Happiness Research
Perspectives on Psychological Science, Vol. 3, No. 3, pp. 224-243, 2008
20 Pages Posted: 23 May 2008 Last revised: 3 Nov 2008
One way to increase happiness is to increase the objective levels of external outcomes; another is to improve the presentation and choices among external outcomes without increasing their objective levels. Economists focus on the 1st method. We advocate the second, which we call hedonomics. Hedonomics studies (a) relationships between presentations (how a given set of mfoutcomes are arranged among themselves or relative to other outcomes) and happiness and (b) relationships between choice (which option among alternative options one chooses) and happiness.
Keywords: happiness, subjective well-being, behavior decision research, hedonomics, evaluability
JEL Classification: D81, D11, D12, D91
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