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The Evolution of Caring

Charlotte D. Phelps

in Economics and Happiness

Published in print December 2005 | ISBN: 9780199286287
Published online February 2006 | e-ISBN: 9780191603006 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0199286280.003.0012
 						The Evolution of Caring

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This chapter focuses on the contribution of interactions between economic change and psychological factors to changes in reports of overall happiness, especially in the U.S. Evidence emerges on an evolutionary explanation of the paradoxes of happiness in economics. This amounts to showing that co-operative attitudes, i.e. caring behaviour and love, have survived competition for scarce resources. Suggestions for social policy are discussed, especially from cases of work satisfaction and child caring.

Keywords: relationality; welfare; public policy

Chapter.  14204 words. 

Subjects: Economics

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