Department of Economics
University of Melbourne
111 Barry Street
Carlton VIC 3010
Institutional Affiliation: University of Melbourne
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NBER Working Papers and Publications
|January 2016||Inequality of Subjective Well-Being as a Comprehensive Measure of Inequality|
with Leonard Goff, John F. Helliwell: w21900
The link between happiness and overall inequality is best studied using an index that incorporates different aspects of inequality, and is measured consistently in different countries. One such index is the degree to which happiness itself varies among individuals. Its correlation with both happiness levels and social trust is substantially stronger than the corresponding correlation for income inequality. This remains so after allowing for bounded scale reporting, including a purely ordinal measure of dispersion. Moreover, the correlation is stronger for individuals who profess to care most about inequality. The link between happiness and inequality may thus be stronger than previously appreciated.
Published: Leonard Goff & John F. Helliwell & Guy Mayraz, 2018. "INEQUALITY OF SUBJECTIVE WELL-BEING AS A COMPREHENSIVE MEASURE OF INEQUALITY," Economic Inquiry, vol 56(4), pages 2177-2194. citation courtesy of
|November 2014||The Emotional Consequences of Donation Opportunities|
with Lara B. Aknin, John F. Helliwell: w20696
Charities often circulate widespread donation appeals to garner support for campaigns, but what impact do these campaigns have on the well-being of individuals who choose to donate, those who choose not to donate, and the entire group exposed to the campaign? Here we investigate these questions by exploring the changes in affect reported by individuals who donate in response to a charitable request and those who do not. We also look at the change in affect reported by the entire sample to measure the net impact of the donation request. Results reveal that large donors experience hedonic boosts from their charitable actions, and the substantial fraction of large donors translates to a net positive influence on the well-being of the entire sample. Thus, under certain conditions, donation opp...
Published: Lara B. Aknin & Guy Mayraz & John F. Helliwell, 2017. "The emotional consequences of donation opportunities," The Journal of Positive Psychology, vol 12(2), pages 169-177.