“Happiness, Ethics, and Economics”

About the book

The book was written as a doctoral thesis during 2002 to 2006 under the supervision of Prof. Peter Ulrich (Economic Ethics) and Prof. Dieter Thomä (Philosophy), both of St. Gallen University, with substantial “unofficial” guidance by Prof. Eduardo Giannetti of the Insper (formerly “Ibmec”) São Paulo. The research was done at the University of St. Gallen, Switzerland (two years), the Insper São Paulo, Brazil (15 months), and the Centre for Bhutan Studies, Bhutan (3 months). The last year was funded through a scholarship of the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNF).

In March 2011, an updated and improved version of the (previously unpublished) text was published by Routledge under the same title (for sale at amazon.com, amazon.co.uk, amazon.de).

What the text is about

The text develops an answer to the question of what the appropriate role of happiness should be within a comprehensive conception of good development.


You can download a pdf file (418KB) of the original (2006) version with the table of contents, the preface and the first chapter (introduction) of the thesis.

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© Johannes Hirata (last update: March 17, 2011)