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Happiness and the Human Development Index: Australia is not a paradox

Leigh, Andrew; Wolfers, Justin


In “Happiness and the Human Development Index: The Paradox of Australia,” Blanchflower and Oswald (2005) observe an apparent puzzle: they claim that Australia ranks highly in the Human Development Index (HDI), but relatively poorly in happiness. However, when we compare their happiness data with the HDI, Australia appears happier, not sadder, than its HDI score would predict. This conclusion also holds when we turn to a larger cross-national dataset than the one used by Blanchflower and Oswald,...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2005
Type: Working/Technical Paper
Source: The Australian Economic Review
DOI: 10.1111/j.1467-8462.2006.00408.x


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