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Law and Happiness

Eric A. Posner and Cass R. Sunstein


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. This book 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. The book offers an account of t ... More

Keywords: happiness, good life, hedonics, health problems, cost-benefit analysis, taxation, crime, law, public policy

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2010 Print ISBN-13: 9780226676005
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: February 2013 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226676029.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Eric A. Posner, editor

Cass R. Sunstein, editor

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Front Matter

Introduction to the Conference on Law and Happiness

Eric A. Posner and Cass R. Sunstein*

Happiness Inequality in the United States

Betsey Stevenson and Justin Wolfers

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

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

End Matter