How do we measure wellbeing and how is it determined? To investigate this question, the author takes the reader from Uganda to Bolivia, from a computer laboratory to a college sorority. In the different chapters, she explores how telephone use affects economic wellbeing, how our happiness and behaviour are influenced by others, and how income inequalities in our societies can impact how much we trust the people around us.

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Ph.H.B.F. Franses (Philip Hans)
Thela Thesis, Amsterdam , Erasmus University Rotterdam
Tinbergen Instituut Research Series
Erasmus School of Economics

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