Category Archives: Happiness

Discounting and Self-Control

I’m posting up an essay on “Discounting and Self-Control” (pdf). The essay, which I haven’t really touched for over a year, is still in its early stages but having lacked the time to do much on it over the last year, and going on the motto of “release early, release often”, I’m posting it up […]

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Theories of Contextual Judgement in Relation to Well-Being and Other Outcomes

I’ve just posted online a new paper on “Theories of Contextual Judgement in Relation to Well-Being and Other Outcomes”. This is a more a review-type effort and summarizes my thoughts (and reading of the existing literature) from the last year or so in relation to “relative” utility, status races and general contextual judgement/utility. Abstract: The […]

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Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy Can Help With Depression

A new paper has just come out in the Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology. Vol 76(6), Dec 2008, 966-978 entitled: Mindfulness-based cognitive therapy to prevent relapse in recurrent depression. According to the abstract (hope to say more once I can actually get access to the pdf): … This study asked if, among patients with […]

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Buddhist Economics

The human problem of ‘scarce resources and unlimited wants’ is oft-posited as a primary motivation for studying economics. As this phrase makes clear, ‘wants’ (‘preferences’ to use the more usual terminology) are a central part of what we study, and the existence, and stability, of those ‘wants/preferences’ therefore merit serious consideration.1 Few of us have […]

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ESRC Well-Being Research Workshop at the LSE

Last Friday I attended an ESRC Research Workshop on Well-Being held at the LSE. According to the blurb: The time is ripe for a major expansion of well-being research in Britain – in conjunction with leading overseas colleagues. Among public policy-makers, there is an increasing desire to promote well-being and a need for evidence on […]

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Money Has Grown in Importance to US Freshmen Since the 60s

June 2008, JEL, p. 426, in review of Robert Frank’s Falling Behind: How Rising Inequality Harms the Middle Class by Frank Levy: … By that time [mid 1980s] many of the trends noted by Frank were already underway. Since the late 1960s, the American Council of Education has been measuring the attitudes of college freshmen. […]

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Workshop on Well-Being VI

Yesterday I attended the sixth and final of the series of “Workshops on Well-being” taking place at the LSE (I missed the fifth workshop as I was away and so the last one I attended was the fourth workshop back in April). This time the presentations were given by David Clark of KCL and Martin […]

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Notes on Theories of Contextual Judgement

Over the last couple of months for the purpose of my research on happiness/subjective-well-being I’ve been putting together some notes on theories of contextual judgement. The first part of these is now in a form suitable for public consumption and I’ve posted them at: http://www.rufuspollock.org/economics/notes/theories-of-contextual-judgement/

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Workshop on Well-Being IV

Following on from the third workshop a month ago, yesterday saw the third in the series of “Workshops on Well-being” take place at the LSE. This time the presentations were given by Mat White of Plymouth University and Andrew Steptoe of UCL. Below are some (very) impressionistic notes. Presentation by Mat White (+ Paul Dolan): […]

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Workshop on Well-Being III

Following on from the second workshop a month ago, today saw the third in the series of “Workshops on Well-being” take place at the LSE. This time the presentation was given by Andrew Clark of PSE. Below are some (very) impressionistic notes. Presentation by Andrew Clark on Job Satisfaction: What do we Know and What […]

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