CFP: How to bring joy into economics

CFP: How to bring joy into economics

Call for papers
How to bring joy into economics – Revisiting Tibor Scitovsky (1910-2002)
Angevin-Aragonese Castle, Gaeta (Italy)
26-27 June, 2012

Tibor Scitovsky belonged to that small band of questioning economists
who always enjoyed trespassing beyond the established ground of their
discipline. Since the beginning of his academic career as Professor of
Economics at Stanford University, Scitovsky addressed almost every
topic considered as relevant by the economics profession: from
international trade, to the functioning of monopolistic markets, to
welfare and growth, to monetary theory and unemployment. The
seventies, however, represented a turning point in his research.
Thanks mostly to his discovery of a new body of experimental research
in psychology, Scitovsky discovered the role that creative goods and
activities, those linked to joyful stimulation, can play in individual
and social wellbeing. This approach – expounded in his 1976 book The
Joyless Economy - revealed itself to be (though not immediately)
extremely fruitful of new insights; these ranged from a new emphasis
on the accumulation of consumption skills and the role of education,
to the importance of intrinsic motivation in choices, as well as the
multiple and often conflicting attributes of individual and social

The Creativity and Motivations Economic Research Center (CreaM) of the
University of Cassino organizes an International Conference on
Scitovsky's Legacy in Economics. The aim of the Conference is to draw
inspiration from Scitovsky’s works developing them further and
exploring new research topics, including those stimulated by the
recent developments in behavioral economics and experimental
psychology. We would welcome proposals in the following areas: the
economic and non economic sources of well being; leisure, work
satisfaction and time use; education, talent and skills in
consumption; the economics of culture and the arts; preference
formation and behavioral addiction; equity.

Proposals  relating to Scitovsky’s additional contributions are
welcome. An abstract of about 400 words for a paper and about 600
words for a session should be submitted no later than March 1st, 2012.
Online submission will be accessible starting from December 15th, 2011
through the conference website: Notification about acceptance
of the proposals will be sent to authors by March, 30th, 2012.

Some of the papers might be included in a poster session. The
scientific committee will select the most creative poster
presentation, whose author will be awarded a special prize consisting
in the full refund of the Conference fees and of the hotel costs for
the two days of the Conference.

Robert Frank (Cornell University), George Loewenstein (Carnegie Mellon
University), Peter Earl (University of Queensland), and Marina Bianchi
(University of Cassino), will give the keynote lectures.

Conference fees: The registration fee is 150€ for senior scholars and
100€ for students. The fee includes coffee breaks, two lunches and a
Conference dinner. For early registration, before April 30th, 2012 the
fees will be 120€ for senior scholars and 80€ for students.

Scientific Committee: Erik Angner (University of Alabama at
Birmingham), Antonio Bariletti (University of Cassino), Marina Bianchi
(University of Cassino), Maurizio Caserta (University of Catania),
Massimo Di Matteo (University of Siena), Peter Earl (University of
Queensland), Francesco Farina (University of Siena), Francesco
Ferrante (University of Cassino), Robert Frank (Cornell University),
Maurizio Franzini (Sapienza University of Rome), George Lowenstein
(Carnegie Mellon University), Sergio Nisticò (University of Cassino),
Maurizio Pugno (University of Cassino), Alois Stutzer (University of

Contacts: Eleonora Sanfilippo, ScitovskyConference [at]

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