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Economics and Happiness: Framing the Analysis

Luigino Bruni and Pier Luigi Porta


This is the first comprehensive book on the return of happiness in economics. It still sounds comparatively unusual to put happiness and economics together. At the same time, the association appears increasingly exciting and fruitful, and quite a number of studies have been produced following Richard Easterlin’s and Tibor Scitovsky’s pioneering works through the 1970s. The essays collected in this book provide an authoritative and comprehensive assessment - theoretical, applied, and partly experimental - of the entire field moving from the so-called paradoxes of happiness in economics. The boo ... More

Keywords: relationality, reciprocity, utility, well-being, welfare, hedonism, eudaimonia, pleasure, rationality, public policy

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Print publication date: 2005 Print ISBN-13: 9780199286287
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2006 DOI:10.1093/0199286280.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Luigino Bruni, editor
University of Milan-Bicocca

Pier Luigi Porta, editor
University of Milano-Bicocca
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