Towards an economics of unhappiness
Over at Crooked Timber, John Quiggin writes:
For at least the last decade, there has been a boom in work on the economics of happiness. But following Tolstoy, I’ve always wondered why we don’t study the economics of unhappiness instead: after all, there’s so much more data.
For the last year or so, I’ve been planning a paper in which I took off from this point and made the case for unhappiness as a driver of economic activity and particularly of economic change (including ‘growth’). But, as usually happens with my thoughts along these lines, it looks as if someone has beaten me to it.If you follow the link, check out Chris Bertram's first comment too.