By Luigino Bruni, Pier Luigi Porta
The set of papers accumulated during this quantity goals to supply an summary of happiness reports to this point, with a distinct emphasis on its dating with monetary suggestion. This quantity discusses the state-of-the-art and the most strands and contributions to the "economics of happiness", as a sub-discipline on the topic of political economic system. despite the fact that, the most thrust of the quantity is in specializes in the connection among happiness experiences and economics. in addition, this quantity makes a particular contribution in highlighting the comparative function and impact within the subjectivist process vis-à-vis the objectivist method of human happiness within the present literature within the field.
The ambition of this publication is to offer the reader with a conceptual framework for a severe knowing of happiness experiences and its courting with economics. whereas the commercial viewpoint is imperative, the point of interest this is on economics and happiness instead of the economics of happiness.
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Extra resources for Economics and Happiness: Framing the Analysis
In fact, when today economists use the term ‘‘happiness’’ they are—consciously or not—in line with Bentham, and far from Aristotle. As far as the authors of this volume are concerned, according to the distinctions we have drawn in this Introduction, van Praag, Layard, Stark, and Veenhoven are closer to the hedonic-subjectivist tradition: happiness is not something different from satisfaction or SWB. All these authors have room for sociality, but normally sociality is intended as ‘‘positional competition’’, and not as an ingredient of happiness.
This social engine however, is based upon a process of deception—or, better, self-deception—namely the idea that the rich man is happier than the poor, or that he possesses ‘‘more means for happiness’’ (ibid. 182). In reality this is not true. ), recalling also the old proverb: ‘‘the eye is larger than the belly’’; for physiological reasons (the capacity of the stomach and the limited duration of a healthy life), rich men ‘‘consume little more than the poor’’ (ibid. 184). At this point the ‘‘invisible hand’’ argument comes into play; given the fallacy that more wealth brings more happiness, given also the impossibility of consuming all the products of his industry, rich men, ‘‘in spite of their natural selﬁshness and rapacity, though they mean only their conveniency, though the sole end which they propose from the labours of all the thousands whom they employ, be the gratiﬁcation of their own vain and insatiable desires, they divide with the poor the product of all their improvements.
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