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Law and Happiness

Edited by Eric A. Posner and Cass R. Sunstein

Law and Happiness
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Edited by Eric A. Posner and Cass R. Sunstein

368 pages | 6 x 9 | © 2010
Cloth $81.00 ISBN: 9780226676005 Published April 2010
Paper $29.00 ISBN: 9780226676012 Published May 2010
E-book $7.00 to $29.00 About E-books ISBN: 9780226676029 Published April 2010

Since the earliest days of philosophy, thinkers have debated the meaning of the term happiness and the nature of the good life. But it is only in recent years that the study of happiness—or “hedonics”—has developed into a formal field of inquiry, cutting across a broad range of disciplines and offering insights into a variety of crucial questions of law and public policy.

Law and Happiness
brings together the best and most influential thinkers in the field to explore the question of what makes up happiness—and what factors can be demonstrated to increase or decrease it. Martha Nussbaum offers an account of the way that hedonics can productively be applied to psychology, Cass R. Sunstein considers the unexpected relationship between happiness and health problems, Matthew Adler and Eric A. Posner view hedonics through the lens of cost-benefit analysis, David A. Weisbach considers the relationship between happiness and taxation, and Mark A. Cohen examines the role crime—and fear of crime—can play in people’s assessment of their happiness, and much more.

The result is a kaleidoscopic overview of this increasingly prominent field, offering surprising new perspectives and incisive analyses that will have profound implications on public policy.

Contents
Introduction to the Conference on Law and Happiness

 

Eric A. Posner and Cass R. Sunstein

 

Measuring Well-Being for Public Policy: Preferences or Experiences?

 

Paul Dolan and Tessa Peasgood

 

Happiness Inequality in the United States

 

Betsey Stevenson and Justin Wolfers

 

Who Is the Happy Warrior? Philosophy Poses Questions to Psychology

 

Martha C. Nussbaum

 

Two Recommendations on the Pursuit of Happiness

 

Christopher K. Hsee, Fei Xu, and Ningyu Tang

 

Hive Psychology, Happiness, and Public Policy

 

Jonathan Haidt, J. Patrick Seder, and Selin Kesebir

 

Illusory Losses

 

Cass R. Sunstein

 

Pain and Suffering Awards: They Shouldn’t Be (Just) about Pain and Suffering

 

Peter A. Ubel and George Loewenstein

 

Death, Happiness, and the Calculation of Compensatory Damages

 

Andrew J. Oswald and Nattavudh Powdthavee

 

Happiness Research and Cost-Benefit Analysis

 

Matthew Adler and Eric A. Posner

 

What Does Happiness Research Tell Us About Taxation?

 

David A. Weisbach

 

The Effect of Crime on Life Satisfaction

 

Mark A. Cohen

 

Index

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