March 11, 2010 · 6:00 PM
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Please join us for Development Matters Meetup on Thursday, March 11th as we welcome Brookings senior fellow Carol Graham for a discussion of her new book Happiness Around the World: The paradox of happy peasants and miserable millionaires. Graham’s book reviews the theory and concepts of happiness, explaining how these concepts underpin a line of research which is both an attempt to understand the determinants of happiness and a tool for understanding the effects of a host of phenomena on human well being. The research finds surprising consistency in the determinants of happiness across levels of development. Yet there is still much debate over the relationship between happiness and income. Happiness around the World explores the effects of many mediating factors in that relationship, ranging from macroeconomic trends and democracy to inequality and crime. It also reviews what we know about happiness and health and how that relationship varies according to income levels and health status. It concludes by discussing the potential--and the potential pitfalls--of using happiness surveys to contribute to better public policy.
We'll kick things off at 6:00pm with socializing and refreshments, and the program will begin at 6:15pm, at the Center for Global Development (1800 Massachusetts Avenue, NW, Third Floor, Washington, DC). Please bring photo identification. Politics & Prose will be on-hand to sell copies of Happiness around the World.
About the author: Carol Graham is Senior Fellow and Charles Robinson Chair at the Brookings Institution and College Park Professor at the University of Maryland. She served as Vice President and Director of Governance Studies at Brookings from[masked] and as a Special Advisor to the Deputy Managing Director of the IMF. Graham was a Special Adviser to the Executive Vice President of the Inter-American Development Bank while on a Council on Foreign Relations International Affairs Fellowship, and has consulted at a number of international financial institutions. Her research has received support from the Hewlett, Tinker, and MacArthur Foundations, as well as the Office of the Chief Economist of the World Bank. She is the author of numerous books and articles on poverty, inequality, and social welfare policy. Graham has an A.B. from Princeton University, an M.A. from The Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies and a Ph.D. from Oxford University.