A Different Rationale for Redistribution: Pursuit of Happiness in the European Union

John Cullis, John Hudson, Philip Jones

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Abstract

This paper explores the importance of the determinants of happiness when assessing the case for international redistribution. It presents a different rationale for international redistribution with reference to the impact that absolute levels of income and relative levels of income exert on happiness. The case for redistribution is so strong that it exists even when citizens are envious of one another and malevolent toward one another. The importance of these two determinants of happiness is explored when assessing the case for redistribution between member states of the European Union. An analysis of the importance of these determinants in the European Union reveals that there is significant scope for further redistribution to increase happiness. An index of happiness is constructed and simulations are presented to shed insight into the role that governments might play in the pursuit of happiness.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationBath, U. K.
PublisherDepartment of Economics, University of Bath
Publication statusPublished - 2009

Publication series

NameBath Economics Research Working Papers
No.10/09

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    Cullis, J., Hudson, J., & Jones, P. (2009). A Different Rationale for Redistribution: Pursuit of Happiness in the European Union. (Bath Economics Research Working Papers; No. 10/09). Department of Economics, University of Bath.