Introduction to this special issue

Luca Stanca and Ruut Veenhoven
International Review of Economics (IREC) ISSN 1865-1704, 2015, 62 (2) 91-99, DOI 10.1007/s123232-015-0234-z

While abundant evidence is available about the relationship between income and happiness, relatively little is known about the effects of the level and composition of consumption on happiness. The present paper provides an introduction to this special issue devoted to Consumption and Happiness. We start by discussing different concepts and measures of happiness. We then briefly review the existing literature on consumption and happiness. Finally, we introduce the papers contained in this special issue by outlining their respective contributions.

Keywords: Subjective well-being, Life satisfaction; consumption, savings

JEL Classification: A12, D12, I31

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