Economics and Happiness: Framing the Analysis

Paperback | February 25, 2007

EditorLuigino Bruni, Pier Luigi Porta

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This book is the first of its kind to provide a comprehensive overview of the burgeoning field of happiness and economics. The essays collected in this book provide an authoritative and comprehensive assessment of the theoretical, applied and partly experimental aspects of the whole field anddiscusses the economic, sociological, philosophical, and psychological contributions to the field. The book breaks new ground, particularly on the more recent directions of research on happiness, well-being, interpersonal relations and reciprocity. The meaning of happiness is thoroughly explored andthe tension between various definitions is discussed. The volume opens with Richard Easterlin's own assessment of the main issues. Other authors include Robert H. Frank, Robert Sugden, Bruno S. Frey, Alois Stutzer, Richard Layard, Martha C. Nussbaum, Matt Matravers, Bernard M.S, van Praag, Oded Stark, You Q. Wang, Ruut Veenhoven, Charlotte Phelps,Stefano Zamagni, and Luigi Pasinetti.

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This book is the first of its kind to provide a comprehensive overview of the burgeoning field of happiness and economics. The essays collected in this book provide an authoritative and comprehensive assessment of the theoretical, applied and partly experimental aspects of the whole field anddiscusses the economic, sociological, philos...

Luigino Bruni is Lecturer in Economics at the University of Milan-Bicocca, Italy. He has been a visiting scholar at the University of East Anglia and the University of Florence. His main interests are in the field of ethics in economics, the history of economic thought, and the methodology of economics, sociality, and happiness in eco...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:384 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.98 inPublished:February 25, 2007Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199215235

ISBN - 13:9780199215232

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Luigino Bruni and Pier Luigi Porta: Introduction1. Richard A. Easterlin: Building a Better Theory of Well-Being2. Robert H. Frank: Does Absolute Income Matter?3. Robert Sugden: Correspondence of Sentiments4. Bruno S. Frey and Alois Stutzer: Testing Theories of Happiness5. Richard Layard: Rethinking Public Economics6. Martha C. Nussbaum: Mill Between Aristotle and Bentham7. Matt Matravers: Happiness and Political Philosophy8. Bernard M.S. van Praag: The Connection Between Old and New Approaches to Financial Satisfaction9. Oded Stark and You Qiang Wang: Towards a Theory of Self-Segregation as a Response to Relative Deprivation10. Ruut Veenhoven: Happiness in Hardship11. Stefano Zamagni: Happiness and Individualism12. Charlotte Phelps: The Evolution of Caring13. Luigi Pasinetti: Paradoxes of Happiness in Economics