International Journal of Happiness and Development

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Editor in Chief: Prof. Mak B. Arvin
ISSN online: 2049-2804
ISSN print: 2049-2790
4 issues per year
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IJHD is an interdisciplinary journal that seeks to broaden our understanding of 'happiness' and how it may relate to development from economic, political, psychological, and/or sociological perspectives. The journal entertains all definitions of happiness, including 'subjective well-being' or 'life satisfaction' commonly used terms in economics. It welcomes rigorous and scientific papers that provide theoretical or empirical investigations which improve our understanding of how happiness is generated and how it may relate to development interpreted at both micro and macro levels.


 Topics covered include

  • Determinants or consequences of happiness
  • Country or societal development
  • Development economics
  • Economic and other forms of development
  • Individual or cross-country studies
  • Human development
  • Living standards and quality of life
  • Education and health
  • Technology, communications and infrastructure
  • Trade and environment
  • Foreign aid other international flows
  • Inequality in development or happiness
  • International relations, happiness and development
  • Peace, conflict resolution, development and happiness
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      The objective of IJHD is to encourage applied and pragmatic critical analysis of issues relating to happiness and development. The journal seeks to establish an effective channel of communication between researchers, policy makers, practitioners and readers interested in individual or societal happiness. IJHD contributes to policy debate or controversies which reflect a range of views on the causes of increased happiness and the consequences of individual or country levels of happiness.


      IJHD engages a broad and international audience. Its content is essential reading for academics, researchers, public servants, advocates, journalists and policy makers.


      IJHD publishes original papers, review papers, case studies and book reviews. Special Issues devoted to important topics in happiness, well-being and development are occasionally published.



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      Editor in Chief

    • Arvin, Mak B., Trent University, Canada

    Associate Editors

    • Dabir-Alai, Parviz, Richmond American International University in London (RAIUL), UK
    • Graham, Carol, Brookings Institution and University of Maryland, USA
    • McGillivray, Mark, Deakin University, Australia

    Book Review Editor

    • Kayani, Zafar, Trent University, Canada

    Editorial Board Members

    • Arnott, Richard, University of California – Riverside, USA
    • Bahmani, Sahar, University of Wisconsin-Parkside, USA
    • Baltatescu, Sergiu, University of Oradea, Romania
    • Bruni, Luigino, Università LUMSA, Italy
    • Clark, Andrew, Ecole Normale Supérieure, France
    • Cummins, Robert, Deakin University, Australia
    • Delle Fave, Antonella, University of Milan, Italy
    • Dunn, Elizabeth, University of British Columbia, Canada
    • Dutt, Amitava, University of Notre Dame, USA
    • Easterlin, Richard, University of Southern California, USA
    • Frey, Bruno, University of Zurich, Switzerland
    • Gan, Christopher, Lincoln University, New Zealand
    • Gilbert, Daniel, Harvard University, USA
    • Guisan, Carmen, University of Santiago de Compostela, Spain
    • Hartog, Joop, University of Amsterdam, Netherlands
    • Justinek, Gorazd, Graduate School of Government and European Studies, Slovenia
    • Kaliterna Lipovčan, Ljiljana, Ivo Pilar Institute of Social Sciences, Croatia
    • Kittiprapas, Sauwalak, International Research Associates for Happy Societies (IRAH) and Rangsit University, Thailand
    • Lahiri, Sajal, Southern Illinois University Carbondale, USA
    • Lew, Byron, Trent University, Canada
    • Macleod, Andrew, Royal Holloway, University of London, UK
    • Moller, Valerie, Rhodes University, South Africa
    • Munasinghe, Mohan, Munasinghe Institute for Development (MIND), Sri Lanka
    • Porta, Pier Luigi, Università degli studi di Milano-Bicocca, Italy
    • Pradhan, Rudra P., Indian Institute of Technology, India
    • Pugno, Maurizio, University of Cassino, Italy
    • Radcliff, Benjamin, University of Notre Dame, USA
    • Raimondos-Møller, Pascalis, Copenhagen Business School, Denmark
    • Schöenherr, Siegfried, University of Munich, Germany
    • Stevenson, Betsey, University of Michigan, USA
    • Stutzer, Alois, University of Basel, Switzerland
    • Thin, Neil, University of Edinburgh, UK
    • Tonon, Graciela, Universidad de Palermo and Universidad Nacional de Lomas de Zamora, Argentina
    • Veenhoven, Ruut, Erasmus University Rotterdam, Netherlands


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    • There are no charges for publishing with Inderscience, unless you require your article to be Open Access (OA). You can find more information on OA here.


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