Pugno, M. (2019), “Happiness, Human Development and Economic (De)Growth”, Annals of the Fondazione Luigi Einaudi, 53(2): 151-172.
Happiness is not just a pleasurable experience to pursue as a goal, as hedonism prescribed. Human development does not simply mean health, formal education, and economic growth, as the UNDP’s index suggests. This paper proposes a new definition of ‘human development’: an increase in individual human skills that interact with the social and economic context in order to enable people to be the agents of their own lives, and then happy because satisfied with themselves. The hedonistic happiness-as-a-goal and this happiness-as-a-process are thus distinguished as two pathways to happiness with different properties and implications. The paper finally argues that while degrowth, as advocated for ecological reasons, may damage human development, policies for individual human development can encourage ecological behaviour.
Felice, E. (2019), “Broadening the Scope of Economic History: How Happiness Has Changed over the Long Period and its Relationship with Economics”, Annals of the Fondazione Luigi Einaudi, 53(2): 173-192.
Carabelli, A. (2019), “Keynes’s Aristotelian Eudaimonic Conception of Happiness and the Requirement of Material and Institutional Preconditions: The Scope for Economics and Economic Policy”, Annals of the Fondazione Luigi Einaudi, 53(2): 213-226.