Main publications Ruut Veenhoven

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World Database of Happiness: Continuous register of research on subjective appreciation of life
This database involves six related inventories: 1) Bibliography of Happiness, 2) Item Bank, 3) Distributional Findings, 4) Correlational Findings, 5) Directory of Investigators, 6) States of nations.

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2012j Evidence-based pursuit of happiness: What we should know, what we do know and what we can get to know.
Erasmus Happiness Research Organization, White paper nr. 1, Erasmus University Rotterdam. Also published as Opentia paper, North-West University South Africa
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2011b Greater happiness for a greater number: Is that possible? If so, how?
In: Sheldon, K.M., Kashdan, T.B. & Steger, M.F. (Eds.) Designing Positive Psychology: Taking Stock and Moving Forward', Oxford University Press, New York, 2011, ISBN 978-0-19-537358-5, Chapter 26 pp. 396-409
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2004c The greatest happiness principle. Happiness as a public policy aim.
In: Linley, P.A. & Joseph, S. (eds.) 'Positive psychology in practice', chapter 39, Publisher: John Wiley, Hoboken, NJ, USA, ISBN 0471459062
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2002f Why social policy needs subjective indicators
Social Indicators Research, 2002, vol 58, pp 33-45, ISSN 0303-8300
Also published in: Hagerty M.R., Vogel, J., & Moller, V. (eds) ‘Assessing quality of life and living conditions to guide national policy. The state of the art’,  Social Indicators Research Series vol 11, pp. 33-45, Kluwer Academic, 2002, Dordrecht, The Netherlands, ISBN 1-4020-0727-2
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2000c

The four qualities of life: Ordering concepts and measures of the good life
Journal Of Happiness Studies, 2000, vol 1, pp 1-39
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2000b Well-being in the welfare state: Level not higher, distribution not more equitable
Journal of Comparative Policy Analysis, 2000, vol 2, pp 91-125
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1999a Quality-of-life in individualistic society: A comparison of 43 nations in the early 1990's
Social Indicators Research, 1999, vol 48, pp 157-186  (Prize paper)
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Advances in the  understanding of happiness (published in French)
Revue québécoise de psychologie, vol 18, nr 2, pp 29-74, ISSN 0225-9885. Earlier English versions published in: 1) F. Strack, M. Argyle & N. Schwarz (eds.), 'Subjective Well-being: An Interdisciplinairy Perspective', Pergamon Press, 1991, London, pp. 7-26. 2) Saris, W.E. et.al. (eds):'A comparative study of satisfaction with life in Europe', Eötvös University Press, Budapest, chapter 1, pp 11-48

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1996b

Happy life-expectancy. A comprehensive measure of quality-of-life in nations
Social Indicators Research, vol 39 1-58

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1995b

The cross-cultural pattern of happiness. Test of predictions implied in three theories of happiness
Social Indicators Research, vol 34 p 33-68 (with Joop Ehrhardt)

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1994a

Is happiness a trait? Tests of the theory that a better society does not make people any happier
Social Indicators Research, vol 32, p 101-160
Reprinted in: Michalos, A. (ed) 'Citation classics from Social Indicators Research', Social Indicators Research Series vol. 26, Springer, Dordrecht, The Netherlands, ISBN 1-4020-3722-8, pp. 477-536

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1991a

Is happiness relative?
Social Indicators Research, vol. 24, pp. 1-34.

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1989b

Did the crisis really hurt? Effects of the 1980-82 economic recession on satisfaction, mental health and mortality (editor, with Aldi Hagenaars)
University Press Rotterdam, The Netherlands, ISBN 90 277 2279 5, 305 p.
Editorial contributions: 'Introduction to the question' (with Aldi.Hagenaars) pp. 1-22, 'Conclusions' pp. 281-289.

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1989a

How harmful is happiness? Consequences of enjoying life or not (editor)
University Press Rotterdam, The Netherlands, ISBN 90 237 28898, 137 p.
Editorial contributions: 'Introduction' pp. 1-6, 'Conclusions' pp. 128-36.

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1984a

Conditions of Happiness
D.Reidel, Dordrecht/Boston, 461 p.
Reprinted in 1989 by Kluwer Academic, Dordrecht/Boston.

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