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Bogota’s urban happiness movement

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globeandmail.com:

“designing a city can be a very powerful means to generate happiness.”

This article starts with Car Free Day and then goes on from there. Inspiring stuff.

There is also this observation, which economists must take note of:

Proponents of hedonics, or happiness economics, have been gaining influence. London School of Economics professor Richard Layard, who wrote the seminal Happiness: Lessons from a New Science, was an adviser to Tony Blair’s first Labour government. Prof. Layard asserts that, contrary to the guiding principle of a century of economists, income is a poor measure of happiness. Economic growth in England and the U.S. in the past half-century hasn’t measurably increased life satisfaction.

Written by Stephen Rees

June 25, 2007 at 3:31 pm

Posted in Economics

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  1. I really liked this article. I pulled out a bunch more quotes from it into a shorter summary, at the URL left with this comment.
    http://randomdude.com/blog/threads/2476-Hedonics-aka-Happiness-Economics

    Dustin

    June 26, 2007 at 2:09 am

  2. Useful summary – thanks Dustin. The Random Dude blog has been added to the blogroll – great pictures of car free day too!

    Stephen Rees

    June 26, 2007 at 4:41 am


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