Consumption & Happiness

Semester: 
Spring
Year: 
2013
Subject Name: 

Economics

Course Number: 
275
Institution: 
Amherst College

In the Declaration of Independence, the Founders called the “pursuit of happiness” an “inalienable right,” yet both psychologists and economists have noted that we do not well understand the determinants of the attainment of happiness or contentment. In this course, we will examine the literature on well-being in both micro- and macroeconomic contexts. We will review the neoclassical model of utility maximization and contrast it to other modes of understanding how and why people make the decisions they do, as they pursue their happiness. On the macroeconomic side, we will attempt to understand what factors (e.g. growth, unemployment, inflation) seem most important for policy-makers to focus on in order to sustain their citizens' well-being. The course will also include opportunities for students to examine their own consumption decisions and assumptions about the attainment of happiness.

Requisite: ECON 111/111E.  Limited to 50 students.  Spring semester.  Professor Barbezat.

Linked Course: 
N
Instructor Permission Required: 
N
Schedule #: 
ECON-275-01-1213S

Course Sections

Consumption & Happiness
Sect # Credits Instructor(s) Instructor Email Meeting Times Location
01 4.0

Daniel Barbezat

dpbarbezat@amherst.edu

TTH 02:30PM-03:50PM

MERR 4