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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.)
Influences Simon Kuznets, Dorothy Thomas
Influenced Eileen Crimmins
Contributions Easterlin hypothesis, Easterlin paradox, Happiness economics

Richard A. 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

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7 news items

Crain's Chicago Business (blog)
Fri, 04 Apr 2014 07:58:16 -0700

The others are Sara Bloomfield, director of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington; economist Richard Easterlin; Emmy Award-winning actress Cloris Leachman; and Grammy Award-winning musician and producer Stevie Wonder.


Chicago Daily Herald
Sat, 05 Apr 2014 02:00:00 -0700

The others are actress Cloris Leachman, economist Richard Easterlin and United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Director Sara Bloomfield. Comments ( ). We are now using Facebook comments to offer a more inclusive, social and constructive discussion ...
Chicago Tribune
Fri, 04 Apr 2014 08:00:00 -0700

The university will also give honorary degrees to musician Stevie Wonder, actress Cloris Leachman, economist Richard Easterlin and Sara Bloomfield, director of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. All five honorees are expected to attend the ...
The News International
Tue, 25 Mar 2014 18:52:30 -0700

Richard Easterlin had long ago explored the phenomenon of happiness and its relation to riches. He discovered that wealthier people in a country seem to be happier than the poor in that country but beyond a certain level of income, as countries get ...


Tue, 15 Apr 2014 22:15:00 -0700

Desde la década de los 70, Richard Easterlin, profesor de Economía de la Universidad del Sur de Carolina, exploró la relación entre felicidad e ingresos per cápita por país. Su trabajo arrojó que a medida que los países crecían en sus niveles ...

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Mon, 14 Apr 2014 01:25:20 -0700

Heute freuen wir uns nicht mehr, dass wir einen Partner haben. Er soll auch noch gut kochen können, ein toller Liebhaber und unterhaltsam sein, uns zum Lachen bringen, gesund und attraktiv sein. Der Wirtschaftswissenschaftler Richard Easterlin hat ...
Tue, 01 Apr 2014 00:41:15 -0700

Dar 1974 metais JAV ekonomistas Richard Easterlin pastebėjo, kad reikšmingo ryšio tarp žmonių laimės ir jų gaunamų bendrųjų pajamų sumos nėra. Per laikotarpį nuo 1974 iki 2004 metų realios JAV gyventojų pajamos išaugo beveik dvigubai, tačiau ...

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