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Benjamin Radcliff
Professor of political science, University of Notre Dame

Benjamin Radcliff is a professor of political science at the University of Notre Dame in Indiana. He is the author of The Political Economy of Human Happiness (2013).

Written by Benjamin Radcliff

Essay/
Economics
A happy state

Why is the welfare state under attack when happiness economics shows it is the system most conducive to human wellbeing?

Benjamin Radcliff