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International Comparative Study on Happiness (2013-2015)

Description du programme

The fiscal crisis of many governments amongst advanced nations over the last two to three decades has led to the decline of the welfare state and simultaneously an increase in income gaps between different groups, as well as in anxiety and unhappiness generally shared amongst people. It has become an urgent issue in Japan, too, for researchers in the social sciences to investigate the causes of the problems and propose policies so that the national economy would regain its competitiveness where people would live feeling more secure and happier. Whilst there are numerous academic approaches to this issue, we aim to address it with the use of surveys to identify the correlations between exogenous factors that affect lives of people such as the system of social security, education, employment, family and friends, the existence of social capital and the degree of happiness and well-being as perceived by them. The primary methodology, thus, is similar to the one described by Easterlin (2002) and Hills and Argyle (2002), but we acknowledge and welcome other approaches from diverse disciplines such as sociology.

With this overall goal, the study has four specific areas of concern for cross-national research:
1. Influence of social security on happiness.
2. Effects of work-life balance and employment system on happiness.
3. Effects of education system and economic inequality on happiness.
4. Influence of culture and creativity on happiness.


Advances in Happiness Research A Comparative Perspective, Toshiaki TACHIBANAKO (ed.), Springer, 2016.

Evénements passés

16 octobre 2014
Conférence : International Comparative Study on Happiness

Participants : Christian Sautter (FFJ/EHESS), Sébastien Lechevalier (EHESS), Kei Sakata (Ritsumeikan University), C.R. McKenzie (Keio University), Andrew Clark (Paris School of Economics), Yoshio Itaba (Doshisha University), Victor Ginsburgh (European Center for Advanced Research on Economic and Statistics; ECARES), Bruno Frey (University of Zurich, Zeppelin University Friedrichshafen and CREMA), Jana Gallus (University of Zurich), Toshiaki Tachibanaki (Doshisha University), Sayaka Sakoda (Doshisha University), Dimitris Ballas (The University of Sheffield), Danny Dorling (University of Oxford), Tomoki Nakaya (Ritsumeikan University), Helena Tunstall (University of Edinburgh), Kazumasa Hanaoka (Tohoku University), Tomoya Hanibuchi (Chukyo University), Seiichi Kondo (Doshisha University), Nobuko Kawashima (Doshisha University), Tim Tiefenbach (German Institute for Japanese Studies), Florian Kohlbacher (German Institute for Japanese Studies), Marcel Erlinghagen (University of Duisburg-Essen), Toshiaki Tachibanaki (Doshisha University), Susumu Kuwahara (Japan Center for Economic Research and ESRI), Teruyuki Tamura (Sophia University), Akiko Kamesaka (Aoyama Gakuin University and ESRI), Toshiya Murai (Kyoto University), Heinz Welsch (University of Oldenburg), Philipp Biermann (University of Oldenburg), Akira Kawaguchi (Doshisha University), Takato Kasai (Doshisha University), Maria Roubtsova (ENS Cachan and Paris-13 university), Werner Pascha (University of Duisburg-Essen), Conchita D'Ambrosio (University of Luxembourg), Tadashi Yagi (Doshisha University), Katsuhiko Yonezaki (Doshisha University), Kunio Urakawa (Kyushu University), Álvaro Martínez-Pérez (The University of Sheffield), Toshiyuki Shirakawa (Doshisha University)

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24-25 février 2014
Workshop : “International Comparative Study on Happiness”

Participants : Bache Ian (The University of Sheffield, UK); Clark Andrew (Paris School of Economics, France); D'Ambrosio Conchita (University of Luxembourg, Luxembourg); Erlinghagen Marcel (University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany); Ginsburgh Victor (ECARES, Université Libre de Bruxelles, Belgium); Itaba Yoshio (Doshisha University, Japan); Kawashima Nobuko (Doshisha University, Japan); Martínez-Pérez Álvaro (The University of Sheffield, UK); Pascha Werner (University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany) ; Rehdanz Katrin (University of Kiel, Germany); Sebastien Lechevalier (EHESS, France);Steiner Lasse (University of Zurich, Switzerland); Tachibanaki Toshiaki (Doshisha University, Japan); Tiefenbach Tim (German Institute for Japanese Studies, Japan); Tsuchiya Aki (The University of Sheffield, UK); Yagi Tadashi (Doshisha University, Japan)