CIPR | Center For Inter-American Policy & Research

Tulane University

Happiness around the World:

October 22nd, 2010
12:00 PM

Greenleaf Conference Room
100A Jones Hall
Tulane University

The Paradox of Happy Peasants and Miserable MillionairesOctober 22
A lecture by Carol Graham

Can we really answer the question what makes people happy? Is it really grounded in credible methods and data? Are happiness levels innate to individuals or can policy and the environment make a difference? How is happiness affected by poverty? By economic progress?

Tulane University and The Center for Inter-American Policy and Research are pleased to announce a talk by Carol Graham, Senior Fellow and Charles Robinson Chair at the Brookings Institution, Public Policy Professor at the University of Maryland and Research Fellow at the Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA) in Bonn, Germany.

Graham’s lecture entitled “Happiness around the World: The Paradox of Happy Peasants and Miserable Millionaires, shares the same title as her most recent book, (Oxford University, Feb 2010), where she attempts to answer these questions based on research on determinants of happiness in countries around the world, ranging from Peru and Russia to the U.S. and Afghanistan.

From 2002-2004, Graham served as Vice President at Brookings. She was also Special Advisor to the Vice President of the Inter-American Development Bank, a Visiting Fellow in the Office of the Chief Economist of the World Bank, and a consultant to the International Monetary Fund and the Harvard Institute for International Development.

She is the author of numerous books and articles, many published in a range of journals including the World Bank Research Observer; Health Affairs, the Journal of Socio-Economics; the Journal of Development Studies; World Economics; the Journal of Human Development; and Foreign Affairs; as well as an Associate Editor at the Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization.

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The event is free and open to the public but space is limited and an RSVP is required. Please RSVP with Angela Reed at This will be a luncheon program.

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For more information, please contact Angela Reed at the Center for Inter-American Policy and Research at or 504-862-3141.

Photo by Alison Bays, Tulane’s School of Medicine and School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine