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Handbook of Research Methods and Applications in Happiness and Quality of Life

Handbook of Research Methods and Applications in Happiness and Quality of Life

Handbooks of Research Methods and Applications series

Edited by Luigino Bruni and Pier Luigi Porta

Offering a thorough assessment of the recent developments in the economic literature on happiness and quality of life, this Handbook astutely considers both methods of estimation and policy application. The expert contributors critically present in-depth research on a wide range of topics including culture and media, inequality, and the relational and emotional side of human life. Accessible and far-reaching, it will prove an invaluable resource for students and scholars of welfare and economics.

Chapter 12: Globalization and quality of life

M. Joseph Sirgy and Chad Miller

Subjects: economics and finance, economic psychology, welfare economics, research methods, research methods in economics


In this chapter we discuss how globalization affects societal quality of life. We first describe the concept of globalization in terms of inflows and outflows of goods, services, capital, technology and workers. We then describe societal quality of life in terms of economic, consumer and social well-being. Lastly, we make arguments about how globalization affects societal well-being by articulating specific relationships among the dimensions of globalization and societal well-being. Public policy and research implications are also discussed.

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