Innovativeness and subjective well-being

Binder, Martin (2013) Innovativeness and subjective well-being. Social Indicators Research, 111 (2). pp. 561-578. ISSN 0303-8300

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Abstract

What are the effects of innovativeness on well-being? This paper argues that research on subjective well-being has progressed to a point where measures of subjective well-being (or: happiness) can usefully be employed to assess the welfare effects of innovative change. Based on a discussion of the prospects and pitfalls associated with subjective well-being as welfare measure and benchmark of societal progress, an argument is put forward as to why these measures are particularly well-suited in the context of innovative change. Empirically well-founded and with an explicit dynamic foundation, theories of subjective well-being allow for a nuanced and comprehensive assessment of the effects that innovativeness has on a society. Two evaluation rules, the “life domain evaluation principle” and the “welfare dynamics principle” are suggested to guide such normative assessment.

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: School of Business, Management and Economics > SPRU - Science Policy Research Unit
Subjects: H Social Sciences
Depositing User: Martin Binder
Date Deposited: 10 Dec 2012 16:52
Last Modified: 03 Apr 2013 11:05
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/40787
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