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date: 23 November 2017

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Increasing public happiness has become an overt goal of public policy in many countries, sitting, sometimes uneasily, alongside more familiar goals such as economic growth, national security, and social justice. This has been the result of many factors, including the growing body of research on the causes of happiness and the rise of public concern for quality-of-life issues. This chapter described how policy-makers are beginning to test specific policies to improve well-being in fields ranging from schools and family policy to healthcare and the environment. However, there is little hard evidence on how particular public policies influence happiness. This remains a field in its infancy with, as yet, relatively little agreement on the long-term policy implications of new knowledge.

Keywords: well-being, public policy, family, ageing, children, economic growth, environment

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