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The 2012 World Happiness Report, published by the Earth Institute and co-edited by the institute’s director, Jeffrey Sachs, reflects a new worldwide demand for more attention to happiness and absence of misery as criteria for government policy. It reviews the state of happiness in the world today and shows how the new science of happiness explains personal and national variations in happiness.

Report editors:

John F. Helliwell, Richard Layard, and Jeffrey D. Sachs

Chapters and their authors:

Part I

  • Chapter 1: Introduction
    John F. Helliwell
  • Chapter 2: The State of World Happiness
    John F. Helliwell and Shun Wang
  • Chapter 3: The Causes of Happiness and Misery
    Richard Layard, Andrew Clark and Claudia Senik
  • Chapter 4: Some Policy Implications
    John F. Helliwell, Richard Layard, and Jeffrey D. Sachs

Part II

  • Case Study: Bhutan – Gross National Happiness and the GNH Index
    Karma Ura, Sabina Alkire and Tshoki Zangmo
  • Case Study: ONS – Measuring Subjective Well-being: The UK Office for National Statistics Experience
    Stephen Hicks
  • Case Study: OECD – OECD Guidelines on the Measurement of Subjective Well-being
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