Measures of happiness are increasingly being used to inform development policy.
Feeny, Simon, Lachlan McDonald and Alberto Posso
This paper examines the happiness of households in two Melanesian countries: Solomon Islands and Vanuatu. The focus is on whether the poor are less happy. Findings indicate that wealth, increases in earnings, relative wealth, employment, and living on communally owned land are positively associated with happiness. Household size and food insecurity have a negative association. There is also strong support for poor households being less happy.