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Happiness Studies: Multidisciplinary and Cross-Country Perspectives

Content from the Brookings-Tsinghua Public Policy Center is now archived. Since October 1, 2020, Brookings has maintained a limited partnership with Tsinghua University School of Public Policy and Management that is intended to facilitate jointly organized dialogues, meetings, and/or events.

With the financial crisis in 2008 deepening its impact all over the world, the reconsideration of development has come to the center of the stage of social science. Instead of entirely relying on the gross domestic product measurement for development evaluation in tradition, policymakers, scholars and media begin to pay attention to happiness studies. Along with the increasing importance of global governance, national happiness becomes a new consensus to measure development internationally, which will surely put some weights on public policy making and global governance.

According to the standard provided by the World Bank, China has become an upper-middle income economy. How to avoid the “middle-income trap” is of great significance to China’s development. Chinese national happiness studies not only provide new perspectives to complete the existing framework of analyzing development mechanism, but also offer great values on policy making.

On January 23, the Brookings-Tsinghua Center hosted a public seminar featuring Brookings Senior Fellow Carol Graham and Chinese scholars of happiness studies. The seminar discussed happiness studies under an international context and its implications for China from interdisciplinary and transnational perspectives.


Qi Ye makes introduction

Carol Graham speaks at BTC

Photos by: Hou Xiaojun




Director, The Climate Policy Initiative

Former Brookings Expert

Happiness Studies: A Micro Perspective


Zhou Shaojie

Associate Professor - School of Public Policy and Management, Tsinghua University


Xiong Moulin

Associate Professor - School of Law, Southwestern University of Finance and Economics


Luo Chuliang

Professor - Business School, Beijing Normal University


Pan Chunyang

Assistant Professor - School of business, East China University of Science and Technology


Meng Tianguang

Assistant Professor - Department of Political Science, Tsinghua University


Ye Maoliang

Assistant Professor - Hanqing Advanced Institute of Economics and Finance, Renmin University of China


Yu Xiaohua

Professor - Agricultural Economics in Developing and Transition Countries, University of Göttingen

Development of Happiness Studies


Director, The Climate Policy Initiative

Former Brookings Expert


Peng Kaiping

Professor and Chair - Department of Psychology, Tsinghua University


Wu Guobao

Professor - Rural Development Institute, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences


SU Yang

Researcher - Development Research Center of the State Council

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