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Posted: 29 Aug 2011 10:05 PM PDT

Sachs: The Economics of Happiness

Posted: 29 Aug 2011 05:04 PM PDT

Jeff Sachs is unhappy with the "relentless pursuit of higher income" as a means of obtaining "greater happiness":

The Economics of Happiness, by Jeffrey Sachs, Commentary, Project Syndicate: We live in a time of high anxiety. Despite the world's unprecedented total wealth, there is vast insecurity, unrest, and dissatisfaction. In the United States, a large majority of Americans believe that the country is "on the wrong track." Pessimism has soared. The same is true in many other places.
Against this backdrop, the time has come to reconsider the basic sources of happiness in our economic life. The relentless pursuit of higher income is leading to unprecedented inequality and anxiety, rather than to greater happiness and life satisfaction. Economic progress is important and can greatly improve the quality of life, but only if it is pursued in line with other goals. ...
The mad pursuit of corporate profits is threatening us all. To be sure, we should support economic growth and development, but only in a broader context: one that promotes environmental sustainability and the values of compassion and honesty that are required for social trust. ...

Alan Krueger Nominated to Head the Council of Economic Advisors

Posted: 29 Aug 2011 09:27 AM PDT

I have a few quick comments on the appointment at MoneyWatch.

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