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Market and Happiness: Do economic interactions crowd out civic virtues and human capabilities?

Organized by: EconomEtica - HEIRS (Happiness Economics and Interpersonal Relations) - University of Milan Bicocca.

Jun 08, 2011 12:00 AM to Jun 09, 2011 12:00 AM

Where Milan, Italy.

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The aim is that of eliciting contributions on the nexus between wellbeing, economic interactions, civil virtues and human capabilities. "Public happiness" (pubblica felicitĂ ) is one of the key issues of the Italian and Latin classical economic tradition, that derives from Aristotle’s works and civic humanism, where markets are considered an essential element of civil life involving mutual assistance, reciprocity and fraternity, and a general climate favourable to civil virtues.

This conference will explore the many dimensions of this tension between market interactions and human capabilities, where such and similar views are subjected to close scrutiny and criticism.

Topics of interest include:

- happiness and social interactions
- intrinsic and extrinsic motivation in market
- happiness, market and human capabilities
- empirical and experimental studies of personalized interactions
- social capital, institutional design and patterns of human interactions
- cultural values and demand of conventional versus relational goods
- foundational, historical and interdisciplinary aspects
- market, capabilities, happiness

Papers submission deadline: February 10, 2011.