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Summer Course Health and Happiness

Paris School of Economics
1 week
Full time
Summer / Short course

Program description


From Income and Inequality to Health and Happiness

Individual health and happiness measures are closely related. Indeed, people give a disproportionate weight to health in their general level of happiness (i.e. well‐being), compared to other domains such as housing or social life. Moreover, the measures most used by researchers to capture health and happiness in surveys are subjective ordinal scales and similar methods may thus be employed to identify factors influencing health and well‐being.

This program, that studies health and happiness together, is designed to provide  an overview of health and happiness measures, focusing on subjective data and on Big Data, and a discussion of the effect of income and income inequality on health and happiness, at the frontier of economic research.

We will address the following set of questions:

  • What is the relationship between health and happiness? Are subjective measures biased?
  • If they are, what are the pros and cons of correcting them?
  • How is Big Data changing academic research on health and well‐being? 
  • Why does raising the incomes of all does not increase the happiness of all?
  • How do economic conditions and income inequality influence health and well‐being?

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Admission requirements

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Paris School of Economics

The Paris School of Economics develops economics research of the highest international standard and disseminates the results. It brings together a community of 140 researchers and around 200 PhD students, and offers teaching in Masters, Summer School and Executive Education programs...

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