The Easterlin Paradox was theorized by Professor Richard Easterlin, who is an Economics Professor at the University of Southern California. In his paper titled, “Does Economic Growth Improve the Human Lot? Some Empirical Evidence”, he concluded that a country’s level of economic development and level of happiness are not connected.
The Environmental Kuznets Curve is used to graph the idea that as an economy develops, market forces begin to increase and economic inequality decreases. More specifically that as the economy grows, initially the environment suffers but eventually the relationship between the environment and the society improves.