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The link between water access and subjective well-being: some methods and proposals

Francisco González-Gómez (), Jorge Guardiola () and Teresa M. García-Muñoz ()
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Jorge Guardiola: Department of Applied Economics, University of Granada.

No 09/02, ThE Papers from Department of Economic Theory and Economic History of the University of Granada.

Abstract: The study of happiness or subjective well-being has traditionally been studied within the disciplines of psychology or sociology. Although economics has contemplated happiness in research terms, it has only recently been studied in any depth. In this paper we offer several proposals in order to investigate the relationship between water access and happiness, suggesting some situations that would merit further research. Moreover, we have included some methodological notes in order to achieve this objective. This relationship can be useful in two ways. Firstly, it can favour the contemplation of water access as a human right. Secondly, it can serve as a framework for the decision-making process carried out by Governments and NGOs in developing countries.

Pages: 24 pages
Date: 2009-02-12
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