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Introduction to the Conference on Law and Happiness

Eric A. Posner and Cass R. Sunstein

in Law and Happiness

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print April 2010 | ISBN: 9780226676005
Published online February 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226676029 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7208/chicago/9780226676029.003.0001
Introduction to the Conference on Law and Happiness

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In recent years the study of happiness—or “hedonics”—has developed into a formal field of inquiry, cutting across a broad range of disciplines and offering insights into a variety of crucial questions of law and public policy. This book brings together the best and most influential thinkers in the field to explore the question of what makes up happiness—and what factors can be demonstrated to increase or decrease it. The purpose of the law and happiness conference was to encourage greater collaboration across disciplines and reflection on the implications of happiness research for law and public policy. Several of the papers explore continuing methodological challenges to the happiness approach, the empirical data, and the implications for public policy in a general sense. The other papers address the implications of happiness research for specific areas of the law, including the determination of damages, crime, tax, and cost-benefit analysis.

Keywords: happiness; good life; hedonics; law; public policy; cost-benefit analysis; tax; crime; damages

Chapter.  1283 words. 

Subjects: Economics

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