2008 International Conference
Are we happy with our standard of living?
Cassino (FR) - Italy - 26/27 September 2008

Conference Program

Conference Program (Provisory)

Friday, September 26

8.30 - 17.00


8.45 - 9.15

Welcome address

9.15 - 10.00

Invited lecture. John Helliwell (University of British Columbia). "The Social Context of Well-Being in Workplaces, Communities and Nations"

10.00 - 11.30

Parallel sessions A

11.30 - 11.45

Coffee break

11.45 - 13.15

Parallel sessions B

13.15 - 14.30


14.30 - 15.15

Invited lecture. Ajit Zacharias (Levy Economics Institute). "Measuring long-term trends in economic well-being in the United States: A new perspective"

15.15 - 16.45

Parallel sessions C

16.45 - 17.00

Coffee break

17.00 - 17.45

Invited lecture. Betsey Stevenson (University of Pennsylvania): "Happiness and Income: Reassessing the Easterlin Paradox"

17.45 - 18.30

Open discussion



Saturday, September 27

9.00 - 9.45

Invited lecture. Bernard M.S.van Praag (University of Amsterdam). "Towards an Urban Quality of Life Index"

9.45 - 10.45

Parallel sessions D

10.45 - 11.00

Coffee break

11.00 - 13.00

Round-table: "Policies for well-being". Stefano Bartolini, Lilia Costabile, John Helliwell, Betsey Stevenson, Bernard M.S. van Praag, Ajit Zacharias


Bus shuttle to Rome Fiumicino airport

Parallel sessions

Sessions A1 - Friday, 10.00 - 11.30. Room 0.01. Chair: Nadia Cuffaro

Stefano Castriota, “The Impact of Real Estate and Stock Market Fluctuations on Human Well-Being”.
Discussant: Luca Corazzini

Simona Tenaglia, “Testing theories on happiness: a questionnaire”
Discussant: Emanuela D’Angelo

Velan Nirmala, “Impact of Married Male Migration on Family Well-Being in Kerala, South India”
Discussant: Tereza Khechoyan

Session A2 - Friday, 10.00 - 11.30. Room 0.02. Chair: Gennaro Zezza

Bert van Landeghem, “Subjective Well-Being and Land Distribution in Moldova”
Discussant: Gennaro Zezza

Tom Murray; David Maddison; Katrin Rehdanz, “Do Changes in Average Happiness Levels Cause Migration? Evidence from Germany”
Discussant: Christian Radden

Marco Malgarini, Maurizio Pugno, and Gennaro Zezza, “Life satisfaction in a survey of Italian households”
Discussant: Juan Carlos Ruiz G.

Session A3 - Friday, 10.00 - 11.30. Room 0.04. Chair: Domenico Vistocco

Mukaramah Binti Harun, Zakariah Abd Rashid, and Azali Bin Mohamed, “Public Expenditure Impact on Income Distribution in Malaysia”
Discussant: Velan Nirmala

Zohal Hessami, “The Size and Composition of Government Spending in Europe and its Impact on Well-being”
Discussant: Akhmad Akbar Susamto

Hovhannes Harutyunyan and Tereza Khechoyan, “The Impact of Social Transfers on Poverty in Armenia”
Discussant: Domenico Vistocco

Session B1 - Friday, 11.45 - 13.15. Room 0.01. Chair: Maurizio Pugno

Stefano Bartolini, and Ennio Bilancini, “Relative Income and Hours Worked: Empirical Evidence from the US”
Discussant: Stefano Castriota

Christian Radden, “Happiness, Functionings, Agency and Responsibility”
Discussant: Maurizio Pugno

Tommaso Ciarli, André Lorentz, Maria Savona and Marco Valente, “Structural change of production and consumption: a micro to macro approach to economic growth and income distribution”
Discussant: to be assigned

Session B2 - Friday, 11.45 - 13.15. Room 0.02. Chair: Francesco Ferrante

Karen Mumford and Peter N. Smith, “Gender, job satisfaction and relative wages”
Discussant: Tommaso Ciarli

Christoph Wunder, “Adaptation to income over time: A weak point of subjective well-being”
Discussant: Francesco Ferrante

Bert G.M. Van Landeghem, “Human Well-Being over the Life Cycle: Longitudinal Evidence from a 20-Year Panel”
Discussant: Christoph Wunder

Session B3 - Friday, 11.45 - 13.15. Room 0.04. Chair: Jorge Guardiola

Jorge Guardiola and Teresa García-Muñoz, “Basic needs satisfaction and subjective poverty: Evidence from rural Guatemala”
Discussant: Bert G.M. Van Landeghem

Maria Lorena Campos U. and Juan Carlos Ruiz G., “Approximation to the Well-being of the Venezuelan Across an Analysis of Information of the Family Budget Survey”
Discussant: Jorge Guardiola

Session C1 - Friday, 15.15 - 16.45. Room 0.01. Chair: Giovanni Porzio

Viola Angelini, Danilo Cavapozzi, Luca Corazzini, and Omar Paccagnella, “Do Danes and Italians Rate Life Satisfaction in the Same Way? Using Vignettes to Correct for Individual-Specific Scale Biases”
Discussant: Giovanni Porzio

Francesco Ferrante, “Opportunities, Aspirations and Life Satisfaction”
Discussant: Antonio Filippin

Antonio Filippin and Luca Nunziata, “The Euro Changeover: Anything to Do with the Decoupling of Measured and Perceived Inflation?”
Discussant: Marco Malgarini

Session C2 - Friday, 15.15-16.45. Room 0.02. Chair: Betsey Stevenson

Andrew Clark; Emanuela D'Angelo, “How Upward Social Mobility affects Wellbeing and Inequality Aversion”
Discussant: Zohal Hessami

Leonardo Becchetti and Stefano Castriota, “Does money affect happiness? Experimental results from the tsunami ‘negative lottery’”
Discussant: Ennio Bilancini

Stefano Bartolini, Ennio Bilancini, and Maurizio Pugno, “Did the Decline in Social Capital Depress Americans’ Happiness?”
Discussant: Betsey Stevenson

Session C3 - Friday, 15.15 - 16.45. Chair: Rania Antonopoulos

Talat Afza and Muhammad Amir Rashid, “Marginalized Women Social Wellbeing through Enterprise Development: A Glimpse of Remote Women Status in Pakistan”
Discussant: Teresa García-Muñoz

Maria José da Silveira Ferreira Núncio, “Facing Work-Family Conflict – a study of Portuguese Working Mothers”
Discussant: Rania Antonopoulos

Nelly-Eleni Pavlidou, “Trends in the Well-being of Greek Women, 1981-2008”
Discussant: Karen Mumford

Session D1 - Saturday, 9.45 - 10.45. Room 0.01. Chair: Bernard van Praag

Ekaterina Selezneva, “What makes Russian women (un)happy? A closer look to the family”
Discussant: Tom Murray

Akhmad A. Susamto, “Happiness and public policy: What we know and what we need to know further”
Discussant: Stefano Bartolini

Session D2 - Saturday, 9.45 - 10.45. Room 0.02. Chair: John Helliwell

Stefano Bartolini, and Ennio Bilancini, “Social Context and Hours Worked”
Discussant: John Helliwell

Francesco Sarracino, “Trends in social capital and subjective well-being in Europe”
Discussant: Simona Tenaglia

Session D3 - Saturday, 9.45 - 10.45. Room 0.04. Chair: Rania Antonopoulos

Marco Ranzani; Paul Saumik, “Happiness and Gender: Evidence from Transition Countries”
Discussant: Nelly-Eleni Pavlidou

Rania Antonopoulos, “The right to a job, the right types of projects: employment guarantee policies from a gender perspective for the case of South Africa”
Discussant: Muhammad Amir Rashid