8-9 avril 2010
This will be a two-day workshop, held on 8-9 April 2010, at the University of Stirling. The organisers are Nick Hanley and Mirko Moro, who thank SIRE for financial support.
Prof. David J Maddison, University of Birmingham, UK
Prof. Heinz Welsch, University of Oldenburg, Germany
Dr. Liam Delaney, UCD Geary Institute, Ireland
Prof. Peter Martinsson, University of Gothenburg, Sweden
Prof. Katrin Rehdanz, Christian-Albrechts University of Kiel, Germany
Call for papers
The workshop is open to applied, theoretical and methodological contributions. Please submit your abstract by8th March 2010 to Mirko Moro. Acceptance of papers will be notified by email shortly after the deadline (beginning of third week of March).
AimThe principal aim of this workshop is to assess the contribution of the recent economic literature that links directly self reported measures of mental health, life satisfaction or happiness to environmental quality. What can we learn on the relationship between environment and well-being from this literature? Can this data be used to inform cost benefit analyses and public policies?
Economists’ views seem to diverge greatly:
"The life-satisfaction approach expands economists’ toolbox in the area of non-market valuation" (Luechinger, 2009).
"[The life satisfaction approach] it is unlikely to be generally useful as an everyday cost-benefit tool […]" (Levinson, 2009).
"[…] I am “unhappy” with happiness economics […]. It is amazing to me that the best economics journals have devoted so much attention to […] rather 'silly analyses' " (Smith, 2008).
"[…] it may be possible to identify the effects on happiness of some particularly important factors.[…] But this approach seems unlikely to be feasible for causal factors which operate on a smaller scale." (Kahneman and Sugden, 2005).
The workshop will be giving special attention to:
Two nights' accommodation will be paid for and consideration given to a travel bursary for presenters with no travel budget.
Further informationClick here for further information. If you have any queries, please contact Mirko Moro.
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