If the U.S. Is So Rich, Why Isn't It Happier?

My guess: Because it is very big and very diverse. America almost certainly does better than the average of the EU. Does anyone know of a source of state-by-state happiness data? Because I figure Minnesota, were it a country, would rank right near ethnically similar but even more homogeneous Norditopian countries. (New state slogan: “Minnesota: Rich as Norway, happy as Denmark!”) Mississippi would rank, I figure, right around Italy.

Author: Will Wilkinson

Vice President for Research at the Niskanen Center

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  1. Referring to the last part of the paragraph: value of knowledge is a kind of pleasure. They appreciate that knowledge. While appreciation may not be pleasure, it is definitely close to it.

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