Handbook on the Economics of Happiness

  title={Handbook on the Economics of Happiness},
  author={Luigino Bruni and Pier Luigi Porta},
Bruni, L.; Porta, PL; Vivenza, G; Drakopoulos, S; Karayiannis, A; Guidi, MEL; Scazzieri, R; Cremaschi, S; Bianchi, M; Guillen Royo, M, Cogoy, M; Vendrik, M, Hirata, J; Raghunathan, R; Irwin, JR; Chekola, M; Becchetti, L; Santoro, M; Pugno, M; Pelligra, V; Zarri, L; Bartolini, S; Cox, D; Stark, O; de Jesus Garcia, J; Christa Fuentes, N; Borrego, SA; Gutierrez, MD; Tapia, A; Peiro, A; Powdthavee, N; Crivelli, L; Domenighetti, G; Filippini, M; Marzetti Dall'Aste Brandolini, S; Sacconi, L; Grimalda… 

Education and happiness in Spain

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Karl Polanyi and the Reappraisal of Happiness Economics

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The Austrian theory of relational goods

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