Richard A. Easterlin
Richard A. Easterlin is University Professor and Professor of Economics, University of Southern California. He is a member of the National Academy of Sciences and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, Distinguished Fellow of the American Economic Association, Fellow of the Econometric Society, a former Guggenheim Fellow, and past president of the Population Association of America, Economic History Association, and Western Economic Association International.
Department of Economics
University of Southern California
Los Angeles, California 90089-0253
Phone: (213) 740-6993
Fax (213) 740-8543
My basic research motivation has been to understand various real world conditions. Some of the things I've studied are: the reasons for the limited spread of modern economic growth; the relation of economic growth to happiness;happiness in the transition from socialism to capitalism;life cycle happiness; the transition from high to low mortality and fertility that has invariably accompanied modernization; "long swings" of 15 to 25 years in population and economic growth in the US and other developed countries; and the post-World War II American baby boom and bust. Progress on these problems has often involved empirical work to establish more clearly the facts to be explained - such as happiness trends, regional incomes in 19th century U.S., reconstructing the history of America's childbearing behavior, and establishing the rise of school enrollments in countries throughout the world. It has required the use of economic theory to organize data and formulate hypotheses, and led to new theorizing on topics such as childbearing behavior and subjective well-being. It has also called for work in other social sciences and for learning new techniques and concepts that fall outside the purview of economics, such as demographic methodology and theories of "relative deprivation", "natural" (i.e. unregulated) fertility, hedonic adaptation, and setpoint theory.
IUSSP Laureate Award, 2010
IZA Prize in Labor Economics, 2009
Distinguished Fellow, American Economic Association, 2006
Distinguished Researcher Award, International Society for Quality of Life Studies, 2006
Honorary doctorate, Lund University, Sweden, May 1998
Irene B. Taeuber Award, Population Association of America, 1993