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Well being, social capital and income change


The proposed special session will explore the relevance of the income-wellbeing debate for degrowth. Here degrowth is understood as an equitable reduction of demand for extracting and processing natural resources and a challenge to the perception of economic growth and technology-led development as an overarching objective of society and public policy. A central question in the session concerns the level of subjective well-being in a society which embarks on a degrowth trajectory.

Christopher Boyce: Income reductions, personality and well-being: Which personality types are the most psychologically resilient to the experience of income reductions?

Filka Sekulova: Happiness and income decrease: an empirical study from Barcelona

Francesco Sarracino (with Stefano Bartolini): Happy for How Long? How Social Capital and GDP relate to happiness over time