How Are You, My Dearest Mozart? Well-Being and Creativity of Three Famous Composers Based on Their Letters

  title={How Are You, My Dearest Mozart? Well-Being and Creativity of Three Famous Composers Based on Their Letters},
  author={Karol Jan Borowiecki},
  journal={Review of Economics and Statistics},
  • K. Borowiecki
  • Published 2017
  • Psychology
  • Review of Economics and Statistics
Abstract The importance of creativity is being increasingly recognized by economists; however, the possibility that emotional factors determine creative processes is largely ignored. Building on 1,400 letters written by three famous music composers, I obtain well-being indices that span their lifetimes. The validity of this methodology is shown by linking the indices with biographical information and through estimation of the determinants of well-being. I then exploit the data and provide… Expand
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