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These include ‘manipulation’ – where a person’s preferences are formed with a view to benefiting others (Elster, 1983, p. 117) – since in the case of adaptive preferences the process of preference formation (apparently) benefits the person ‘adapting’. He also distinguishes it from the case of ‘addiction’ where ‘people get hooked on certain goods, which they then consume compulsively’ (Elster, 1983, p. 120). The implication of adaptive preferences for utilitarianism is easy to see. As Elster puts it, in the case of sour grapes ‘there would be no welfare loss if the fox were excluded from the consumption of the grapes, since he thought them sour anyway’ (Elster, 1983, p.

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114). 8. The adaptable livelihood framework is described in the appendix. 9. For further discussion of these theories and a critical assessment in the light of available evidence see Diener and Oishi (2000). 10. The correlation is slightly higher in poor countries, indicating that income has a greater effect on life satisfaction. Studies also indicate that the correlation between income and happiness is much higher across countries than within countries, which is partly a statistical artefact (see Diener and Oishi, 2000, pp.

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