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European Happiness Days

Starting on the official UN International Day of Happiness, the Erasmus Happiness Economics Research Organisation will organize the European Happiness Days at the Erasmus University Rotterdam from Monday March 20 until Wednesday March 22, 2017.

Central theme will be: The Value of Happiness: A World To Win. On the first two days (Monday and Tuesday) the subtheme will be The Happy Economy, on the third day (Wednesday) this will be The Good Economy. The deadline for submission is February 9, 2017.

The European Happiness Days will be organized by the Erasmus Happiness Economics Research Organisation (EHERO) to celebrate both its 1st lustrum and the 1st lustrum of the UN International Day of Happiness.

Call for papers

Aim of the European Happiness Days is to bring together an international group of researchers, policy makers and business leaders with an interest in happiness economics to present and discuss research findings as well as share experiences from the field. Confirmed keynote speakers are Professor Ruut Veenhoven, Professor Erik Angner and Happiness Ambassador and editor of the World Book of Happiness Leo Bormans. After the plenary speeches in the morning, in the afternoon sessions and workshops will be organized around three subjects:

-    Happiness and Organizations (business)

-    Happiness and Lifestyles (individuals)

-    Happiness and Policies (governance)

For the parallel sessions, we seek academic papers offering conceptual and empirical insights into happiness from an interdisciplinary point (economics, psychology, sociology, health studies, management, etc.) of view. Key themes include (but are not limited to):

-    Employment, unemployment and happiness

-    Happiness and firm performance

-    Urban and rural differences in happiness

-    Happiness and economic and political crises

-    Consumption, income and happiness

-    Leisure and happiness

-    Health and happiness

-    Quality of governance and happiness

-    Education and happiness

-    Family, children and happiness

-    Happiness and migration

-    Happiness economics and behavioral economics

-    Ethics and happiness

-    Eudemonic happiness

-    Environmental quality, sustainability and happiness

-    Circular economy

-    Experimental research on happiness

-    Measurement of happiness

Please send abstracts of no more than 250 words to [email protected] by February 9. Participants will be notified of acceptance by February 16th; after which they need to register via the conference website (www.aworldtowin.com) which will be online soon. The Conference registration fees are applicable to all participants, except keynote speakers and invited participants.

Conference Fees

3-days European Happiness Days: 295€ (normal), 150€ (PhD or undergrad student)

1 separate day: 150€ (normal), 75€ (PhD or undergrad student)

Organizing Committee

Jack Vromen (chair)
Constanze Binder
Christopher Clarke
Conrad Heilmann
Zoé Evrard

Program Committee

Emrah Aydinonat
Roger Backhouse
Sine Bagatur
Antoinette Baujard
Marcel Boumans
Gilles Campagnolo
Ana Cordeiro dos Santos
Till Düppe
Benjamin Ferguson
Martin van Hees
Joost Hengstmengel
Frank Hindriks
Geoff Hodgson
Arjo Klamer
Alessandro Lanteri
Aki Lehtinen
Uskali Maeki
Caterina Marchionni
Peter Marks
Deirdre McCloskey
Julian Reiss
Ingrid Robeyns
Attilia Ruzzene
Thomas Wells
Altug Yalcintas


We hope to welcome you in Rotterdam this Spring!

On behalf of the organizing committee,

Dr. Martijn Burger and Prof. dr. Ruut Veenhoven

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