Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Talk to Explore the Economics of Happiness

CHESTERTOWN—Dr. Carol Graham, author of Happiness Around the World: The Paradox of Happy Peasants and Miserable Millionaires, will talk about “The Economics of Happiness,” on Thursday, November 11 at Washington College. The lecture will take place in the Casey Academic Center Forum on campus, 300 Washington Avenue, at 4 p.m.

Graham, a professor of public policy at the University of Maryland, will discuss what effect a person’s economic status has on his or her happiness and how that influence differs from country to country. The book explores examples from around the world, from Afghanistan to Peru to the United States.

Graham’s research focuses on poverty, inequality, public health, and different measures of well-being. She is a Senior Fellow in Economic Studies at the Brookings Institution and served as Vice President of Brookings from 2002 to 2004. She co-authored Happiness and Hardship: Opportunity and Insecurity in New Market Economies (Brookings Institute Press, 2002) and has published numerous articles in the Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, the Journal of Latin American Studies, and Foreign Affairs, among others.

The “Economics of Happiness” talk is sponsored by Omicron Delta Epsilon, the economics honors society at Washington College, and is free and open to the public.

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