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Handbook of Research Methods and Applications in Happiness and Quality of Life

Edited by Luigino Bruni, Professor of Economics, LUMSA University, Rome, Italy and the late Pier Luigi Porta, formerly Professor of Economics, University Milano-Bicocca, Italy
Offering a thorough assessment of the recent developments in the economic literature on happiness and quality of life, this Handbook astutely considers both methods of estimation and policy application. The expert contributors critically present in-depth research on a wide range of topics including culture and media, inequality, and the relational and emotional side of human life. Accessible and far-reaching, it will prove an invaluable resource for students and scholars of welfare and economics.
Extent: 552 pp
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Publication Date: 2016
ISBN: 978 1 78347 116 4
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  • Economics and Finance
  • Economic Psychology
  • Research Methods in Economics
  • Welfare Economics
  • Research Methods
  • Research Methods in Economics
  • Research Methods
Offering a thorough assessment of recent developments in the economic literature on happiness and quality of life, this major research Handbook astutely considers both methods of estimation and policy application. Luigino Bruni and Pier Luigi Porta’s refreshing, and constructively critical, approach emphasizes the subject’s integral impact on latter-day capitalism.

Expert contributors critically present in-depth research on a wide range of topics including:

• the history of the idea of quality of life and the impact of globalization
• links between happiness and health
• comparisons between hedonic and eudaimonic well-being
• the relational and emotional side of human life, including subjective indicators of well-being
• genetic and environmental contributions to life satisfaction
• the impact of culture, fine arts and new media.

Accessible and far-reaching, the Handbook of Research Methods and Applications in Happiness and Quality of Life will prove an invaluable resource for students and scholars of welfare and economics as well as practicing psychologists and researchers.
Contributors: M. Bianchi, L. Bruni, L. Crivelli, S. Della Bella, A. Delle Fave, E. Diener, E. Granata, M. Guerini, P. Krause, B. López Noval, M. Lucchini, F. Maggino, H.À. Marujo, N. Matteucci, C. Miller, J. Morozink Boylan, L.M. Neto, G. Nuvolati, A. Pelloni, P.L. Porta, M. Rojas, C.D. Ryff, A. Sen, M.J. Sirgy, L. Stanca, L. Tay, R. Veenhoven, S. Vieira Lima
Contents:

1. Happiness and Quality of Life Reconciled
Luigino Bruni and Pier Luigi Porta

2. Happiness and Social Institutions
Amartya Sen

PART I QUALITY OF LIFE
3. New Frontiers: Societal Measures of Subjective Well-Being for Input to Policy
Ed Diener and Louis Tay

4. Linking Happiness to Health: Comparisons Between Hedonic and Eudaimonic Well-Being
Carol D. Ryff and Jennifer Morozink Boylan

5. Subjective Indicators of Well-being. Conceptual Background and Applications in Social Sciences
Antonella Delle Fave

6. Quality of Life and Smart Cities
Elena Granata

7. Quality of Life and Inequality
Peter Krause

8. The History of the Idea of Quality of Life
Borja López Noval

9. Genetic and Environmental Contributions to Life Satisfaction
Mario Lucchini, Sara Della Bella and Luca Crivelli

10. Indicators of Happiness vs Quality of Happiness: Methodology and Theory
Filomena Maggino

11. Leading a Life of Quality: Conceptualizing Quality of Life
Mariano Rojas

12. Globalization and Quality of Life
M. Joseph Sirgy and Chad Miller

13. Quality of Life Studies and Positive Psychology
Helena À. Marujo and Luis M. Neto

PART II HAPPINESS
14. Quality of Life and Happiness. Concepts and Measures
Ruut Veenhoven

15. Economics, Well-being and Happiness. History and Protagonists
Luigino Bruni

16. Culture and Fine Arts. Open-ended Choices and the Formation of Interest
Marina Bianchi

17. Happiness and health
Luca Crivelli, Sara Della Bella and Mario Lucchini

18. Happiness, Subjective and Objective Indicators
Michela Guerini and Giampaolo Nuvolati

19. Women and Happiness
Nicola Matteucci and Sabrina Vieira Lima

20. Relational Goods and Happiness Data
Alessandra Pelloni

21. Happiness and New Media
Luca Stanca

22. Happiness, Relational Goods and Hedonic Methodology
Luca Stanca

23. The Idea of Happiness in Italy
Pier Luigi Porta

Index