Does Effective Social Policy Guarantee Happiness?
International Journal of Social, Behavioral, Educational, Economic, Business and Industrial Engineering. 2012. Vol. 6. No. 3. P. 330-337.
8 Pages Posted: 2 Apr 2012 Last revised: 17 Dec 2018
Date Written: March 28, 2012
In the paper it is questioned whether effective state social policy provides happiness and social progress. For this purpose selected correlations between Human Development Index (HDI), share of public social expenditures in GDP, the Happy Planet Index (HPI), GDP per capita, and Government Effectiveness are examined and the results are graphically presented. It is shown how a government can affect well-being and happiness in different countries of modern world. Also, it is tested the hypothesis about existence of a certain optimum of well-being and public social expenditures, which affect direction of social progress. It is concluded that efficient social policy and wealth are not the only factors determining human happiness.
Keywords: government effectiveness, happiness, social progress, state social policy
JEL Classification: H53, H59, H89
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