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Social capital and subjective well-being

Essential readings

Important readings

Bjørnskov, C.(2003). The Happy Few. Cross-Country Evidence on Social Capital and Life Satisfaction

I examine why the populations of certain countries are so much more satisfied with their lives than...

Bruni, L. (2012). The Wound and the Blessing: Economics, Relationships, and Happiness. New York: New City Press

The crisis that market societies are undergoing is essentially a crisis of relationships. It...

Sabatini, F., Sarracino, F. (2014). Online networks and subjective well-being. MPRA Paper 56436.

Does Facebook make people lonely and unhappy? Empirical studies have produced conflicting results...

Reading list archive

"On the Foundations of Happiness in Economics: Reinterpreting Tibor Scitovsky" by Maurizio Pugno

About the book Economic growth has extraordinarily increased the availability of market goods...

Alesina, A., Giuliano, P. (2014). Family ties. In S. Durlauf and P. Aghion (Eds). Handbook of Economic Growth. Amsterdam: Elsevier.

We study the role of the most primitive institution in society: the family. Its organization and...

Bartolini, S., Bilancini, E. (2011). Social Participation and Hours Worked. Department of Economics University of Siena Working Paper No. 620

We investigate the relationship between social participation and the hours worked in the market....

Bjørnskov, C. (2008). Social Capital and Happiness in the United States. Applied Research in Quality of Life 3 (8), 43-62

This paper explores the association between social capital and average happiness in the United...

Bjørnskov, C. (2010). How Comparable are the Gallup World Poll Life Satisfaction Data? Journal of Happiness Studies 11 (1), 41-60

This paper explores the degree to which the new data on life satisfaction from the Gallup World...

Bruni, L., Comim, F., Pugno, M. (2008). Capabilities and Happiness. Oxford: Oxford University Press

Few would dispute that the well-being of individuals is one of the most desirable aims of human...

Bruni, L., Stanca, L. (2006). Income Aspirations, Television and Happiness: Evidence from the World Values Survey. Kyklos, 59 (2), 209-225

This paper investigates the role of television in producing higher material aspirations, by...

Castronova E., Wagner G. G. (2011). Virtual Life Satisfaction. Kyklos 64 (3), 313-328

We study life satisfaction data from the 2005 World Values Survey and a 2009 survey of users of the...

Clark, A. E. (2011). Happiness, Habits and High Rank: Comparisons in Economic and Social Life

The role of money in producing sustained subjective well-being seems to be seriously compromised by...

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