Tag Archives: happiness

Life satisfaction gap between transition countries and the West is closing

Trends of globalization such as migration, economic integration and digital communication are undoubtedly bringing people closer together. But do they also cause the levels of satisfaction to converge? Researchers have long studied the institutional factors contributing to the strong international … Continue reading

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Implications of human dignity for international development theory and practice

In her contribution to the second international Human Dignity and Human Development Conference hosted by the University of Notre Dame’s Kellogg Institute for International Studies, IZA Research Asssociate Milena Nikolova related human dignity to subjective well-being measures in the context of development. “From … Continue reading

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Measuring historical happiness through digitized books

What are the historical drivers of happiness? To answer this question, a research team from the University of Warwick built an index of subjective well-being for the last 250 years, based on sentiment analysis of millions of digitized books. By … Continue reading

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Why labor market policies should be guided by happiness

Happiness should be a guiding factor in the governance of labor markets, argues Jo Ritzen in his most recent IZA World of Labor article. When designing employment policies, policy makers should weigh the unhappiness of the unemployed against the extra … Continue reading

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Don’t worry, be happy! A selection of empirical evidence for the International Day of Happiness

Today is the International Day of Happiness! The perfect opportunity to provide an overview of some cutting-edge research on what makes us (un)happy. Read these exciting articles from IZA World of Labor, the IZA Open Access Journals and the IZA … Continue reading

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How health status affects individual time use

Economics is the science on scarce resources. And what is more scarce than time in modern societies? A recent literature acknowledges this scarcity of disposable time of individuals and households and analyzes the interplay between time allocation and economic decisions … Continue reading

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Should you come out in the workplace and would your employer care?

According to a report by Nick Drydakis published by IZA World of Labor today, half of gay and lesbian employees do not reveal their sexual orientation in the workplace for fear of discrimination and harassment. The report goes on to … Continue reading

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