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January 27, 2018

International conference on Policies for Happiness and Health Department of Political Economy and Statistics University of Siena

International conference on Policies for Happiness and Health

Department of Political Economy and Statistics
University of Siena
Siena, Certosa di Pontignano, March 19-21, 2018

Over the past few decades research documented that, in the long-term, increasing income has little
or no effect on people’s satisfaction with their lives. On the contrary, other aspects, such as social
relationships, seem to have durable effects on well-being. This evidence challenges the economic
policy paradigm that emphasizes income as the main driver to better lives.
Which economic and social policies can enhance well-being? How do policies for well-being differ
from traditional ones that target redistribution, growth, and the correction of market inefficiencies?
Are there dimensions of well-being neglected by traditional policies?

Special sessions on Health and Happiness
This conference will pay particular attention to health issues. A considerable amount of research
has been devoted to the impact of psycho-social factors such as happiness, social relationships and
inequality on health and longevity. What implications does this have for health policies? Can policies
aimed at increasing happiness, social capital or income equality, improve health and lower
healthcare expenses? Are such policies a possible new frontier for preventive health care?

Topics of the conference
This is an interdisciplinary conference welcoming contributions from every field of social sciences
including, but not limited to, economics, sociology, psychology and political sciences. We especially
welcome papers on the following topics:
 Economic growth and well-being over time;
 The causes and consequences of subjective well-being;
 Policies for durable well-being;
 The role of inequality, social capital and sustainability for a happy growth;
 Economic consequences of promoting happiness;
 Wealth and happiness;
 Happiness and health care policies;
 The impact of happiness, social relationships and economic inequality on health and
longevity;
 Immigration, health and happiness.

Keynote speakers
Jolanda Jetten, University of Queensland, Psychologist
Mariano Rojas, Universidad Popular Autónoma del Estado de Puebla, Economist
Ruut Veenhoven, Erasmus University of Rotterdam, Sociologist and Economist
Paper submission and deadline
To apply, please, submit an abstract complete with name of the author/s and a title to:
happinesshealthpapers@unisi.it
The deadline for application is 6
th of February 2018. We will notify the authors of accepted papers
by February 18th.
For more information, please, send an e-mail at: happinesshealthpapers@unisi.it
The website of the conference is available at the following address:
http://www.congressi.unisi.it/happinesshealthconference/
We look forward to welcoming you in Siena.
Scientific Board
Stefano Bartolini, University of Siena
Leonardo Becchetti, University of Roma Tor Vergata
Luigino Bruni, LUMSA University of Rome
Martijin Burger, Erasmus University of Rotterdam
Maurizio Pugno, University of Cassino
Mariano Rojas, Universidad Popular Autónoma del Estado de Puebla
Francesco Sarracino, STATEC and Higher School of Economics
Ruut Veenhoven, Erasmus University of Rotterdam

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