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Erasmus Happiness Economics Research Organisation


The conceptual focus is on subjective enjoyment of one’s life-as-a-whole.


The ambition is to contribute to greater happiness of a greater number of people.


The leading question is how greater happiness can be achieved and how synergy can be obtained with other things we value. The aim is to enable individuals as well as companies and governments to make more informed choices.


Empirical research is the main way for gathering information about determinants and consequences of happiness. This requires new studies as well as synthesis of earlier research. Much of the new studies are embedded in existing research programs at Erasmus University Rotterdam. Research synthesis will build on the many findings gathered in the World Database of Happiness.


The research program is still in progress and will partly depend on demand. Some illustrative topics are:

Happiness and work involvement
Happiness and illness: Research synthesis
Happiness and health: economic evaluation
Happiness and health: Causal pathways
Homogenizing responses to different question on happiness
Tools for enhancing happiness: effects of using the Happiness Indicator
Happiness and work conditions: Analysis of the Wage Indicator data
Does education add to happiness? Research synthesis
Happiness and economic growth in nations: Test of the Easterlin Paradox
Happiness and changes in living conditions: Dynamic effects over the life cycle


EHERO is a both a research organization and a center of expertise. The institute will also be involved in education for policymakers and students. Some activities are: Starting a research project and organizing symposia yearly, publishing articles, creating bachelor- and master classes, developing workshops, developing and managing data and creating a method to analyze data sets efficiently.


EHERO is based in Erasmus School of Economics (ESE) at Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR). Part of the participants work in other faculties of Erasmus University and other universities in the Netherlands.

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