digplanet beta 1: Athena
Share digplanet:


Applied sciences






















Richard A. Easterlin
Born 1926
Ridgefield Park, New Jersey, United States
Nationality American
Institution University of Pennsylvania
University of Southern California
Field Econometrics, Demography, demographic economics, Economic growth, Happiness economics, Economic history
Alma mater Stevens Institute of Technology (M.E.)
University of Pennsylvania (M.A., Ph.D.)
Contributions Easterlin hypothesis, Easterlin paradox, Happiness economics

Richard Ainley Easterlin (born 1926) is University Professor and Professor of Economics at the University of Southern California.

He is a Distinguished Fellow of the American Economic Association and a Member of both the National Academy of Sciences and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Easterlin is also a former Guggenheim Fellow and a past president of both the Population Association of America and the Economic History Association.

Early life and education[edit]

Easterlin was born in Ridgefield Park of New Jersey in 1926.

He studied engineering at the Stevens Institute of Technology and graduated with a Master of Engineering in Mechanical Engineering with Distinction in 1945. He then completed a Master of Arts in Economics in 1949 and his Doctor of Philosophy in Economics in 1953 both at the University of Pennsylvania.

He became interested in demography and population studies through his participation as a Research Associate from 1953 to 1955 in the landmark Study of population Redistribution and Economic Growth in the United States conducted by Simon Kuznets and Dorothy Thomas.

Academic career[edit]

Whilst completing his postgraduate studies, Easterlin worked as Instructor from 1948 to 1953 at the University of Pennsylvania. After completing his Doctor of Philosophy he became an Assistant Professor of Economics from 1953 to 1956. He was also a Research Associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research from 1955 to 1956. From 1956 to 1960 he was an Associate Professor of Economics and also a Visiting Professor at Stanford University in 1960 to 1961. From 1956 to 1966 he was also a Member of the Research Staff National Bureau of Economic Research. He was then a full Professor of Economics from 1960 to 1978 and was the William R. Kenan, Jr. Professor in Economics at the University of Pennsylvania from 1978 to 1982. In 1978 he was a Visiting Professor at the University of Warwick in England. Whilst at the University of Pennsylvania, Easterlin served as the Chairman of the Department of Economics from 1958 to 1960, from 1961 to 1962 and in 1965 and 1968. He was also the Associate Dean for Budget and Planning of the University of Pennsylvania Faculty of Arts and Sciences from 1974 to 1979. He then moved to the University of Southern California in 1982 as a Professor of Economics and then University Professor since 1999.


Easterlin is in particular known for his 1974 article "Does Economic Growth Improve the Human Lot? Some Empirical Evidence" and the Easterlin paradox which he stated there, namely that, contrary to expectation, happiness at a national level does not increase with wealth once basic needs are fulfilled. He is also known for the Easterlin hypothesis, which states that the positive relationship between income and fertility is dependent on relative income (income relative to aspirations).


He was a Fellow of the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences from 1970 to 1971, was elected as a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 1978, was the Sherman Fairchild Distinguished Scholar at the California Institute of Technology from 1980 to 1981, was elected a Fellow of the Econometric Society in 1983, was awarded the Burlington Northern Faculty Achievement Award at the University of Southern California in 1987, was appointed to the Board of Directors as the Representative of the Economic History Association to the National Bureau of Economic Research from 1986 to 1997, was awarded the Raubenheimer Award for Teaching and Research at the University of Southern California in 1988, was selected as a Fellow of the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation from 1988 to 1989, was awarded the Irene B. Taeuber Award by the Population Association of America in 1993, received an Honorary Doctorate from Lund University in Sweden in 1998, was elected as a Member of the United States National Academy of Sciences, was awarded the Mellon Award for Excellence in Mentoring by the Center for Excellence in Teaching at the University of Southern California in 2006, was awarded the Distinguished Researcher Award by the International Society for Quality of Life Studies in 2006, was elected a Distinguished Fellow of the American Economic Association in 2006, was awarded the IZA Prize in Labor Economics from the Institute for the Study of Labor in 2009, and received the Laureate Award from the International Union for the Scientific Study of Population in 2010.[1]



  1. ^ [1] University of Southern California profile of Richard A. Easterlin

External links[edit]

Original courtesy of Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Richard_Easterlin — Please support Wikipedia.
This page uses Creative Commons Licensed content from Wikipedia. A portion of the proceeds from advertising on Digplanet goes to supporting Wikipedia.
307 videos foundNext > 

Richard Easterlin talks about Happiness Economics

Richard Easterlin, the father of Happiness Economics, talks to economic journalist Olaf Storbeck. Easterlin explains the origins of his discipline, the intri...

C.A.G.E Economics of Happiness Roundtable.m4v

In this roundtable discussion the Dept of Economics' Prof. Andrew Oswald welcomed Prof. Richard Easterlin from the University of Southern California and Prof...

Richard Easterlin

Une petite vidéo de présentation sur l'économiste Richard Easterlin.

OXCEP Distinguished Speaker Lecture 2013

Professor Richard A. Easterlin speaks on the topic of 'Growth, Transition and Life Satisfaction: China, Eastern Europe and the World'. This talk was organise...

Can Money Really Buy Happiness?

"Can't Buy Me Love," but what about happiness? Is there an ideal amount of money that a person can earn to live a perfectly satisfying life? Turns out yes. A...

L'argent fait-il le bonheur ? - Le Chiffroscope

L'argent fait il le bonheur ? La réponse en chiffre et datas du Chiffroscope ! S'abonner à la chaîne : http://www.youtube.com/subscription_center?add_user=le...

PAA in the 1970s

Professor Richard Easterlin is the PAA President in 1978, he introduces what kinds of issues and topics have changed the focus and direction of population st...

Kris Bowers: Forget-er (ft. Julia Easterlin)

Order on iTunes: http://smarturl.it/KrisBowersHM Kris on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/krisbowersmusic Kris on Twitter: https://twitter.com/bowersmusik ...

Nicole Linger | The Easterlin Paradox -- Can Money Buy Happiness

Nicole Linger - http://www.nicolelinger.com/

About to bike at Easterlin Park

Charles & Richard, March 25, 2008, Lauderdale Lakes, Florida.

307 videos foundNext > 

438 news items

EUROPP - European Politics and Policy (blog)

EUROPP - European Politics and Policy (blog)
Fri, 23 Jan 2015 23:30:00 -0800

This result echoes work by Richard Easterlin, the pioneer of research on happiness economics. Easterlin's 'paradox' – resulting from conflicting findings in the short term (using annual growth data, which incorporate both positive and negative growth ...

Irish Times

Irish Times
Fri, 16 Jan 2015 17:03:54 -0800

Environmental issues are a core problem, of course, but Wallman is more concerned with something more abstract: happiness. As far back as 1974, he says, Richard Easterlin published a paper “showing that rising GDP was not making people happier”. Then ...

The Guardian (blog)

The Guardian (blog)
Sun, 11 Jan 2015 05:20:28 -0800

Studies showing no link between income and happiness go back to Richard Easterlin's work in 1974, but this came at the end of the long postwar boom. It will be interesting to see whether levels of happiness hold up even when living standards are falling.
89.3 KPCC (blog)
Fri, 12 Oct 2012 16:00:22 -0700

Last year, I posted on the lead-up to the Economics prize, suggesting that maybe, perhaps, a worthy winner would be Southern California's own Richard Easterlin. Easterlin has since cropped up several more times in this blog (he's always gracious with ...
New York Times
Thu, 27 Sep 2012 17:49:10 -0700

For Op-Ed, follow @nytopinion and to hear from the editorial page editor, Andrew Rosenthal, follow @andyrNYT. CHINA's new leaders, who will be anointed next month at the Communist Party's 18th National Congress in Beijing, might want to rethink the ...

San Francesco Patrono d'Italia

Caffeina Magazine
Mon, 26 Jan 2015 23:52:30 -0800

C'è dell'altro però: il pioniere di questi studi è stato l'economista e demografo americano Richard Easterlin, il primo nel 1974 a lanciare il paradosso riassumibile nel motto "i soldi non fanno la felicità". E se non sono né i soldi né la vicina ...
CFA Institute Enterprising Investor (blog)
Mon, 10 Nov 2014 21:02:09 -0800

So you think money can't buy happiness? Well, economist Justin Wolfers has some news for you. Since 1974, when economist Richard Easterlin published research suggesting there was no link between income and happiness beyond a certain point, many ...
Mon, 26 Jan 2015 10:25:10 -0800

ดังตัวอย่างการศึกษาความสัมพันธ์ของรายได้กับความสุข งานวิจัยชิ้นสำคัญของ Richard Easterlin ในปี 1974 พบว่า การมีรายได้สูงมีความสัมพันธ์กับความสุข แต่เมื่อรายได้สูงถึงระดับหนึ่ง การเพิ่มขึ้นของรายได้ไม่มีความสัมพันธ์กับการเพิ่มขึ้นของความสุข หรือเรียกความย้อนแย้งนี้ว่า “Easterlin ...

Oops, we seem to be having trouble contacting Twitter

Support Wikipedia

A portion of the proceeds from advertising on Digplanet goes to supporting Wikipedia. Please add your support for Wikipedia!

Searchlight Group

Digplanet also receives support from Searchlight Group. Visit Searchlight