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Benjamin Radcliff Ph.D.
Researchers define happiness in multiple ways. The inconsistency can be maddening for scholars, but it might offer wisdom for everyone else.
The happiest societies are those with the greatest gender equality. It's not an accident.
Social diversity, and thus immigration, is frequently argued to reduce our quality of life. New research tells a different story.
Research confirms common sense: Regulations designed to protect workers and their families produce greater happiness for all.
America's lack of universal health care means a less healthy, and a less happy, country.
Research suggests that overall, people are happier when the rich pay more, and everyone pays their share.
The debate over healthcare is also about how happy we are and how long we live.
Presidential systems are not good at promoting human happiness. A Trump Presidency doubly so.
A new book examines the pitfalls of pursuing happiness the American way. Don't fall into the positive psychology trap.
New research finds that the two-party system is not conducive to the "greatest happiness for the greatest number."
Empirical research consistently finds that European social democracy would create both a higher level
and a more equitable distribution of happiness than we presently enjoy.
He has the nomination. What would a Trump Presidency really mean for the quality of life in the United States?
New research suggests that ballot initiatives produce more happiness and equality than the "oligarchy" of representative institutions.
Academic research suggests that happiness increases as government's role in managing the economy increases.
Depression and suicide are on the rise, while life spans decline. Part of the reason is our politics.
Denmark's social democratic public policies and its labor market policies illustrate what the scholarly literature suggests are the most important determinants of human well-being.
Benjamin Radcliff, Ph.D., is a professor at the University of Notre Dame and the author of The Political Economy of Human Happiness.