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HEIRs - Happiness and Interpersonal Relations

Heirs of what? It is our convintion that the eitheenth Italian tradition of “pubblica felicità”, based on the strict connection between happiness and sociality, has something important to say to contemporary social theory once again open to this concept, old and always new.

  • Market and Happiness

    June 8, 2011 – June 9, 2011

    Econometica and the HEIRs Association, in collaboration with the Economics Department of Milano-Bicocca and Irec (International Review of Economics), are organizing, on June 8-9 2011, an International Conference on "Market and Happiness. Do economic interactions crowd out civic virtues and human capabilities?" with the aim of eliciting contributions on the nexus between wellbeing, economic interactions, civil virtues and human capabilities.

  • Happiness and Relational Goods

    June 11, 2009 – June 13, 2009


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    The burgeoning empirical literature on happiness has shown that the ability of ordinary economic goods at generating well-being is quite limited. Other factors previously neglected appear to play a no lesser role in explaining individual and group happiness. Among these are variables of the interpersonal sphere such as time spent with friends or relatives, the social climate at work, or participation in churches or associations. While conventional goods have been the object of myriads of careful scientific investigations, the same cannot be said of the intangible goods that pertain to the interpersonal sphere. In particular, despite the expression relational goods is more and more often used in order to express the fact that intensity and genuineness of interpersonal relations have a value for people involved, the nature of these goods and the patterns of their production and consumption are still unclear. On the empirical side, a lot is to be learned as to the subjective importance of patterns and features of personalized interactions, relative to conventional goods. The conference aims at stimulating and spreading research on the non instrumental values that are at stake in all those personalized interactions that are implied by, or connected with, the internal organization of enterprises, trade, retail, the consumption of public goods, etc., with special attention to their effects on the well-being of people involved, both directly and indirectly.

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