Raising your children

Thanks to Darwin Barton

There’s something to be said for raising your kids on a daily basis and that’s what I’m working on doing. A few years back my husband and I made the tough decision for me to quit my job and it’s been really nice, actually, since we’re able to have me . . . → Read More: Raising your children

Does the OECD's 'better life index' sound like fun?

I am not sure the OECD’s better life index is meant to be fun. But I have had some fun playing with it. The index is interactive. The fun comes from giving different weight to 11 different criteria (or topics as they are described by the OECD) and then observing how this affects rankings . . . → Read More: Does the OECD’s ‘better life index’ sound like fun?

How Painful is Economic Reform?

In my last post I presented evidence that people in countries with relatively high growth rates tend to perceive that their lives are improving. This is one of the reasons why I reject the view that economic growth makes people unhappy and that so called ‘unhappy growth’ can explain the reluctance of some governments . . . → Read More: How Painful is Economic Reform?

Does ‘Unhappy Growth’ Explain Failure to Adopt Economic Reforms?

Several researchers have noted that there is a tendency for average life satisfaction to be lower in the countries with high economic growth rates even though there is strong evidence that average life satisfaction is higher in countries with higher incomes. Carol Graham and Eduardo Lora have referred to this as the ‘paradox of . . . → Read More: Does ‘Unhappy Growth’ Explain Failure to Adopt Economic Reforms?

Does Economic Security Depend on Average Income Levels?

In an earlier post I suggested that there would be widespread agreement that a good society would provide members with a degree of personal economic security against potential threats to individual flourishing, including misfortunes such as accidents, ill-health and unemployment. (See: What are the characteristics of a good society?)

In suggesting that there would . . . → Read More: Does Economic Security Depend on Average Income Levels?

What Makes a Planet Happy?

I find it hard to take seriously the concept of a happy planet. Is Earth happier than Mars? How would we know? It seems to me that only sentient beings can be happy, but that might just reflect the limited perspective of a sentient being. For all I know a rock might have a . . . → Read More: What Makes a Planet Happy?

Is the Quality of Life in New Zealand Overrated?

Some New Zealanders might say that this is a question that only an Australian could ask, but it seems to me to be a good way to raise the issue that I want to discuss. (I hope that when I look back on this in a few days time it will still seem like . . . → Read More: Is the Quality of Life in New Zealand Overrated?