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And Powdthavee, N. (2008), ‘Does happiness adapt? A longitudinal study of disability with implications for economists and judges’, Journal of Public Economics, 92(5–6): 1061–77. Parducci, A. (1995), Happiness, Pleasure and Judgement: The Contextual Theory and its Applications, Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum. Qizilbash, M. (1997), ‘A weakness of the capability approach with respect to gender justice’, Journal of International Development, t 9(2): 251–62. Qizilbash, M. (2006a), ‘Capability, adaptation and happiness in Sen and J.

The author does not wish to impugn Diener and Oishi’s work and would point out that their analysis of subjective well-being – like everyone else’s – is constrained by the availability of suitable data. A recent study of the relationship between happiness and growth in developing countries (which draws on five waves of the World Values Survey including 2005–07) only manages to cover 13 countries including Japan, South Korea and Turkey (Easterlin and Sawangfa, 2010). With the exception of Nigeria, Peru and Venezuela, these countries feature in Diener and Oishi’s (2000) sample.

In the case of the 14 developed countries, they report that the subjective well-being ‘slopes across these countries Adaptation and Development 13 are virtually flat, despite steep economic growth in most of these countries’ (Diener and Oishi, 2000, p. 3). 3). , p. 20 These findings imply that further research may well reveal different results for poorer countries vis-à-vis more advanced countries which in turn may lead to different policy conclusions. One of the chief methodological problems with empirical work on adaptation, aspirations and subjective well-being involves establishing causation.

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