World Happiness Report

UPDATE: The report can be officially downloaded here:

Date: 16 March 2016 9.15 - 18.00

The World Happiness Report is a landmark survey of the state of global happiness. In its previous three editions the report has documented that well-being and happiness are critical indicators of a nation's economic and social development. In the report, published by the Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN),  leading experts in several fields – economics, psychology, survey analysis, national statistics, and more – describe how measurements of well-being can be used effectively to assess the progress of nations. "The aspiration of society is the flourishing of its members," said Jeffrey Sachs, Director of the Earth Institute, Columbia University. "This report gives evidence on how to achieve societal well-being. It's not by money alone, but also by fairness, honesty, trust, and good health. The evidence here will be useful to all countries as they pursue the new Sustainable Development Goals."


9.00 Opening remarks - Luigi Cannari, Bank of Italy

9.30-16.00 Presentation of the Report 

9.30 10.15
John Helliwell,  University of British Columbia, Haifang Huang, University of Alberta  and Shun Wang, KDI School of Public Policy and Management
The Distribution of World Happiness

Discussant: Paolo Sestito, Bank of Italy

Jeffrey Sachs, Columbia University, Editor of the Report
 Happiness and the Sustainable Development Goals
Discussant: Guido de Blasio, Bank of Italy

Richard Layard, London School of Economics
Institutional issues in the development of secular ethics
Discussant: Vincenzo Atella, University of Rome Tor Vergata

11.45-12.00 Coffee break

Leonardo Becchetti, University of Rome Tor Vergata, Luisa Corrado, University of Rome Tor Vergata, Paola Samà, University of Rome Tor Vergata
Inside the happiness blackbox
Discussant: Alois Stutzer, University of Basel 

Luigino Bruni, LUMSA University, Stefano Zamagni, University of Bologna
The history of happiness: from Adam Smith to the Easterlin Paradox
Discussant:  Filomena Maggino, University of Florence

13.10-14.10 Lunch

Luca Stanca, University of Milano Bicocca, 
The Geography of Parenthood and Well-being: Do Children Make Us Happy, Where, and Why?
Discussant: Andrew Clark, Paris School of Economics

Luca Crivelli, SUPSI Lugano, Mario Lucchini, University of Milano Bicocca, Sara della Bella, Università della Svizzera italiana
Testing the ability of the life satisfaction scale to synthesize the multidimensionality of the well-being space: an application of Self-Organizing Maps (SOM) to SHARE data.
Discussant: Conchita D’Ambrosio, University of Luxembourg


Anthony Annett, Columbia University
Human Flourishing, the Common Good, and Catholic Social Teaching
Discussant: Giovanni Ferri, LUMSA

15.55 -16.10  Coffee Break

16.00 – 18.00 
Round  table: “It’s the happiness stupid!”

Why life satisfaction and, more generally, subjective wellbeing measures, should be taken always more seriously into account by politicians as indicators of limits of objective statistics and ways for integrating them as it is done in many other fields of economics and social sciences (ie. customer satisfaction, workers satisfaction)….

Coordina: Dino Pesole (il Sole 24 Ore)

Enrico Giovannini (Università Tor Vergata)
Marco Tarquinio (Avvenire)
Ermete Realacci (Symbola)
Stefano Zamagni (Università di Bologna)
Paolo Sestito (Banca d’Italia)
Marcelo Sanchez Sorondo (Pontificia Academia Scientiarum)


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