NATIONAL BUREAU OF ECONOMIC RESEARCH
NATIONAL BUREAU OF ECONOMIC RESEARCH

Life Satisfaction and Quality of Development

John F. Helliwell

NBER Working Paper No. 14507
Issued in November 2008

---- Acknowledgements -----

Canadian Institute for Advanced Research and Department of Economics, University of British Columbia. An earlier version of this paper was presented as a Plenary Lecture at the International Conference on Comparative Development in Honour of the Platinum Jubilee of the Indian Statistical Institute. Delhi, December 19, 2007. The underlying research is part of the 'Social Interactions, Identity and Well-Being' research program of the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research, and is also supported by grants from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada. The paper builds on collaborative research with Haifang Huang, Chris Barrington-Leigh and Anthony Harris. We are grateful to the Gallup Organization for access to data from the Gallup World Poll. The views expressed herein are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Bureau of Economic Research.

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