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Joyful economists : remarks on the history of economics and psychology from the happiness studies perspective

Abstract : This thesis explores the history of the relationship between economics and both experimental and social psychology, from the viewpoint of the recent development of “the economics of happiness” (1974-2009). It consists of three parts. Part I (The Economics of Happiness) presents the history of the development of the subfield in two periods, beginning with the first economic analysis of happiness data ever made (1974). It shows that while the early literature (1974-1999) was focused on the analysis of consumer satisfaction in affluent countries, the more recent development of the subfield (1999-2009) has been influenced by that of “hedonic psychology”, and “behavioral economics”, and advanced as a complement to consumer choice theory rather than opposed to it. Part II (Bypassing Behavior Control) is a history of the relationship between economics and experimental psychology (behaviorism, in particular), which compares the “behavior-control” views of consumer behavior of the early economists of happiness (controlled by their socio-economic environment as well as the practices of advertising and salesmanship of producers), with that of their followers who agree with the main postulates of consumer choice theory. Part III (Subjective Quantification in Economics) is a history of the use of subjective (survey) data by economists and psychologists from the 1940s to nowadays. It is mainly focused on the program of behavioral economics developed by George Katona at the Survey Research Center of the University of Michigan, as well as the analysis of the use of survey data as “tools for government” rather than as “scientific tools”.
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José Miguel Edwards. Joyful economists : remarks on the history of economics and psychology from the happiness studies perspective. Economics and Finance. Université Panthéon-Sorbonne - Paris I, 2009. English. ⟨tel-00486771⟩

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