Economics and Happiness: Framing the Analysis

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Luigino Bruni, Pier Luigi Porta
OUP Oxford, 15 груд. 2005 р. - 380 стор.
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 and discusses 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 and the 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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1 Building a Better Theory of WellBeing
2 Does Absolute Income Matter?
An Explanation of the Pleasure of Social Interaction
4 Testing Theories of Happiness
The Implications of Rivalry and Habit
6 Mill between Aristotle and Bentham
The Case of Nancy Mitford versus Evelyn Waugh
8 The Connection between Old and New Approaches to Financial Satisfaction
SteadyState Outcomes and Social Welfare
10 Happiness in Hardship
11 The Evolution of Caring
A Very Difficult Union
13 Paradoxes of Happiness in Economics
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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 economics. Pier Luigi Porta, formerly Professor of economics at the University of Milano-Bicocca. For ten years he was the Director of the Department of Economics at Bicocca, and a member of the Senate and of the Board of the University. A former research student at the University of Cambridge, he was also a Member of Christ's College and a Visiting Fellow of Wolfson College at Cambridge. He was a life member of the Istituto Lombardo-Accademia di Scienze e Lettere at Brera and a member of the Executive of the Italian Economic Society. He was the Editor-in-chief of the International Review of Economics and has taught in a number of academic institutions in Italy and abroad. He published over one hundred and fifty papers and several volumes including Economics and Happiness (co-edited with L. Bruni, Oxford University Press, 2007), and Structural Dynamics and Economic Growth ( co-edited with R. Aréna, Cambridge University Press, 2012).

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