NATIONAL BUREAU OF ECONOMIC RESEARCH
NATIONAL BUREAU OF ECONOMIC RESEARCH

Understanding and Improving the Social Context of Well-Being

John F. Helliwell

NBER Working Paper No. 18486
Issued in October 2012

---- Acknowledgements -----

An earlier version of this paper was presented at the December 15-16, 2011, Helsinki meeting of the SITRA-NEF project New Theories and Policies for Well-Being. I am very grateful for subsequent helpful suggestions from Roland Benabou, Adele Diamond, Timo Hämäläinen, Alex and Cath Haslam, Danny Kahneman, Juliet Michaelson, Randy Nesse and Nancy Pistrang. I gratefully acknowledge the research support of the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research. The views expressed herein are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Bureau of Economic Research.

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