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Respecting the subject in subjective wellbeing public policy: moving beyond the social planner paradigm

There is a rising tide of advocacy for public policy to be made on the basis of ‘subjective wellbeing’. In this paper, the authors argue that the vast majority of the associated policy proposals adopt the same ‘social planner perspective’ that undergirds conventional economic policy...
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Wellbeing public policy needs more theory

There is presently a groundswell of enthusiasm and advocacy for 'wellbeing public policy', especially as part of the movement to go 'beyond GDP'. While recognising the merits of this proposal, this paper advocates for a cautious approach, owing to our poor theoretical understanding of both...

Bowling with Trump: economic anxiety, racial identification, and well-being in the 2016 Presidential election

Why did Donald Trump win the 2016 Presidential election? Numerous reasons were canvassed in the aftermath of the result. The authors of this report outline some interesting research that reveals some answers.