Among the many explicit objectives of social security systems, there is the general aspiration to improve welfare, well-being or even the happiness of populations. Such grandiose objectives are rarely made explicit. With evidence that more economic growth does not necessarily equate with higher levels of well-being in society, there has developed an interest in the contribution to welfare that might be made by distribution and redistribution.
Social security is the major vehicle for redistributing financial resources in society. This volume collects together essays which reflect both theoretically and empirically on the relationship between happiness and social security.
This book addresses the following questions:
• Does welfare state effort enhance happiness?
• Why might social security enhance happiness?
• How might it be reformed to make more impact on well-being?
• How does income and health impact on well-being?
• How does income improve the well-being of widows?
• Does well-being influence employment probabilities?
• How is the well-being of children related to other factors in society?
Signe Hald Andersen, Eric Bonsang, Jonathan Bradshaw, Hartley Dean, Angela Fontes, Karen C. Holden, Bill Jordan, Jeungkun Kim, Stijn Rottiers, Kolbeinn Stefansson.
About this book:
‘[…] a fascinating edited collection which seeks to answer a vital question. [It] provides some extremely thought-provoking contributions to the debate on social security and well-being.’
Karen Rowlingson in The Journal of Social Policy 2010 (333).
GETTING AHEAD OF OURSELVES – CAN INTERNATIONAL COMPARATIVE RESEARCH TELL US HOW SOCIAL POLICY AFFECTS SUBJECTIVE WELL-BEING? (p. 1)
RELATIVELY HAPPY: HOW SOCIAL SECURITY CONTRIBUTES TO HUMAN WELL-BEING (p. 21)
INCOME, INVOLVEMENT AND WELL-BEING: THE BENEFITS AND COSTS OF INTERDEPENDENCE (p. 41)
IMAGINING A EUDAIMONIC ETHIC OF SOCIAL SECURITY (p. 57)
THE RELATIVE IMPACT OF INCOME AND HEALTH ON SUBJECTIVE WELL-BEING ACROSS GENERATIONS IN EUROPE (p. 77)
HAPPINESS AS A COMPLEX FINANCIAL PHENOMENON: THE FINANCIAL AND PSYCHOLOGICAL ADJUSTMENT TO WIDOWHOOD IN THE U.S. (p. 99)
HETEROGENEOUS TREATMENT EFFECTS FROM GOVERNMENT TRAINING – DOES WELL-BEING DURING UNEMPLOYMENT EXPLAIN THE VARIATION? (p. 117)
LIST OF CONTRIBUTORS (p. 143)
ABOUT THE SERIES (p. 144)