New Directions in the Study of Happiness: United States and International Perspectives

University of Notre Dame, McKenna Hall, October 22-24, 2006


Conference Schedule

Sunday, October 22nd, 6:45pm



What is Happiness?

Darrin McMahon, Florida State University

History of Happiness and Contemporary Happiness Studies


Anthony Ong, Cornell University

Hedonic versus Eudamonic Conceptions of Happiness



Theories and Empirics of Happiness

Ruut Veenhoven, Erasmus University

"How do we assess how happy we are? Tenets, implications and tenability of three theories"


David Blanchflower, Dartmouth College

"Some Findings on the Empirics of Happiness and Mental Well-being"


Monday, October 23rd, 8:30am-9:40am

Theories and Empirics of Happiness, cont.

Richard Easterlin, University of Southern California

Happiness and Domain Satisfaction


Sonja Lyubomirsky, University of California, Riverside

The Promise of Abiding Happiness: Experimental Psychological Interventions to Increase Well-Being



Happiness and the Economy

Robert Frank, Cornell University

Are positional externalities different?


Alois Stutzer, University of Basel

When temptation overwhelms willpower: Obesity and happiness


Rafael Di Tella, Harvard University

"Happiness Adaptation to Income and to Status"


Amitava Krishna Dutt, University of Notre Dame

Consumption and Happiness: Alternative perspectives



Happiness and Justice

William A Darity, Jr., University of North Caroline, Arthur Goldsmith, Washinton and Lee University, and Darrick Hamilton, New School

"Perceptions of Discrimination and Life Outcomes: A Social Justice Perspective" (with tables)


Carol Graham, Brookings and University of Maryland

Does inequality matter to individual welfare?



Happiness and Politics

Ronald Inglehart, University of Michigan

Democracy and Happiness


Tom Rice, University of Iowa

Causal connection between liberal regimes and happiness


Alex Pacek, Texas A&M University

"The welfare state and the quality of life"


Ben Radcliff, University of Notre Dame

Politics of happiness in American states


Tuesday, October 24th, 8:30am-9:40am

Happiness and Society

Wendy Rahn, University of Minnesota

Matters of life and death


Eric Oliver, University of Chicago

"Mental life and the metropolis in suburban America: The psychological correlates of metropolital place characteristics"




What is to be done?


Bruno Frey, University of Zurich, and Alois Stutzer, University of Basel

Should we maximize national happiness?


Alasdair MacIntyre, University of Notre Dame

General Discussion