Wealth, Happiness, and Liberty in Modern Economic Debate


This colloquium focused on the problem of happiness as it has been dealt with in political economy since the time of Adam Smith. This conference for young scholars was a repeat of an earlier conference for nonacademics.


Conference Readings

Aristotle. The Nicomachean Ethics of Aristotle (5th Edition). Translated by F. H. Peters. London: Kegan Paul, Trench, Truebner & Co., 1893.

Bentham, Jeremy. The Principles of Morals and Legislation. Buffalo: Prometheus Books, 1988.

Bentham, Jeremy. The Works of Jeremy Bentham, Volume 3. Edinburgh: William Tait, 1843.

Blum, Walter J. and Harry Kalven, Jr. The Uneasy Case for Progressive Taxation. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1979.

Chamberlain, John. “The Progressive Income Tax.” The Freeman Ideas on Liberty (November 1961): 1-2.

Easterlin, Richard A. “The Economics of Happiness.” Daedalus 133, no. 122 (Spring 2004): 26-33.

Frank, Robert H. “How not to buy happiness.” Daedalus 122 (Spring 2004): 69-79.

Gordon, David. "Review of Robert Frank's "Luxury Fever: Why Money Fails to Satisfy in an Era of Success"." Mises Review (Spring 2000): 3.

Griffith, Thomas D. “Progressive Taxation and Happiness.” Boston College Law Review 45, no. 1 (2004): 1-6, 33-36.

Gurcharan Das. "The Politics of Envy." India Times. (January 12, 2010).

Hirschman, Albert O. “Review of Lane's "Market Experience".” Contemporary Sociology 21, no. 6 (November 1992): 741-744.

Hobbes, Thomas. "Leviathan." Liberty Fund, Inc. (August 7, 2009).

Jevons, William Stanley. The Theory of Political Economy. London: Macmillan & Company, 1871.

Jouvenel, Bertrand de. The Ethics of Redistribution. Indianapolis: Liberty Fund, Inc., 1990.

Keynes, John Maynard. Essays in Persuasion. New York: W. W. Norton & Company, 1930.

Lane, Robert E. “Does Money Buy Happiness?” The Public Interest (Fall  1993): 56-65.

Layard, Richard. “Happiness is Back.” Prospect (March 2005): 6.

Mill, John Stuart. Utilitarianism. Edited by George Sher. Indianapolis: Hackett Publishing Company, Inc., 1979.

Mises, Ludwig von. Human Action: A Treatise on Economics, Volume 1. Edited by Bettina Bien Greaves. Indianapolis: Liberty Fund, 2007.

Nietzsche, Friedrich. “Beyond Good and Evil.” Johnstonia. (June 18, 2010).

Rothbard, Murray N. The Ethics of Liberty. New York: New York University Press, 1998.

Spencer, Herbert. The Man Versus the State. Indianapolis: Liberty Fund, 1982.

Unknown. “Can't Buy It? The economics of happiness.” Economist (January 2005): 77-78.

von Wieser, Friedrich. Social Economics. New York: Greenberg, 1927.

Weber, Max. The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism (Second Edition). Cary: Roxbury Publishing Company, 1996.