How are we thinking about happiness and the economy


13/11/2019 - 13/11/2019

How are we thinking about happiness and the economy :: © Ruut Veenhoven © DR/GR

Since the economic crisis of 2008, the current economic model has increasingly come under question, even though there is no obvious alternative at hand. Economists, therefore, are searching for signs that herald the next era: sustainability, a return to governmental intervention, the pursuit of happiness, etc. This autumn, the Istituto Italiano di Cultura will seek answers to these questions in the debate series Economics of the future: the deficit of choice. During the first debate in the series, Stefano Bartolini and Ruut Veenhoven go into conversation.Stefano Bartolini is an Italian political scientist and professor at the European University Institute in Florence. From 2006 to 2013, he was Director of the Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies at the European University Institute. He is the author of many books and publications and editor of the Italian political science journal and Italian Political Science Review. Bartolini's research in political science includes research on electoral changes in Europe during the 1980s.  He has been awarded the best book prize of the European Politics section of the APSA (2002), the Gregory Luebbert APSA Prize in Comparative Politics (2001), and the UNESCO Stein Rokkan Prize for the Social Sciences (1990).Ruut Veenhoven is emeritus-professor of 'social conditions for human happiness' at Erasmus University Rotterdam in the Netherlands and extra-ordinary professor at North-West University in South Africa. His current research is on subjective quality of life. His major publications are: Conditions of happiness (1984), Happiness in nations (1993), The four qualities of life (2000) and Greater happiness for a greater number: Is that possible and desirable? (2010). Veenhoven also published on abortion, love, marriage and parenthood. Veenhoven is director of the World Database of Happiness and founding editor of the Journal of Happiness Studies.

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