Abstract Chapter 2 Introductory text to Collection Distributional Findings on Happiness in Nations


Some common criteria for the evaluation of human societies are: 1) their stability over time, 2) their productivity in goods and services, 3) the degree to which they realize particular ideals, and 4) their livability. This chapter focuses on the latter criterion.

Livability is defined as the degree to which the provisions and requirements of a society fit with its members’ needs and capacities.

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