::Richard A. Easterlin

:: easterl@usc.edu



Richard A. Easterlin is University Professor and Professor of Economics, University of Southern California. He is a member of the National Academy of Sciences and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, a former Guggenheim Fellow, and past president of the Population Association of America, and the Economic History Association.


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::Richard A. Easterlin

Contact address:

Department of Economics, KAP 300
University of Southern California
Los Angeles, California 90089-0253
Phone: (213) 740-6993
Fax (213) 740-8543
E-mail: easterl@usc.edu


Research interests:

Subjective Well-Being
Demography
Economic History


Research:

My basic research motivation has been to understand various real world conditions. Some of the things I've studied are:
Progress on these problems has often involved empirical work to establish more clearly the facts to be explained - such as happiness trends, regional incomes in 19th century U.S., reconstructing the history of America's childbearing behavior, and establishing the rise of school enrollments in countries throughout the world. It has required the use of economic theory to organize data and formulate hypotheses, and led to new theorizing on topics such as childbearing behavior and subjective well-being. It has also called for work in other social sciences and for learning new techniques and concepts that fall outside the purview of economics, such as demographic methodology and theories of "relative deprivation", "natural" (i.e. unregulated) fertility, and hedonic adaptation.

Currently I am studying rural-urban differences in subjective well-being.  A new book, Happiness, Growth and the Life Cycle (Oxford University Pres, 2010) brings together some of my recent work.




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