The panelists on “Money, Generosity and Happiness” will discuss altruism, charitable giving and the factors that promote well-being and happiness in individuals as well as in society.

Dr. John Helliwell is Arthur J.E. Child Foundation Fellow of the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research and co-director of CIFAR’s program on ‘Social Interactions, Identity and Well-Being’. He is also Professor Emeritus of Economics at the University of British Columbia, an Officer of the Order of Canada, a member of the National Statistics Council, and a Research Associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research.

Dr. Elizabeth Dunn is an assistant professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of British Columbia. She completed her undergraduate degree at Harvard College and received her PhD in 2004 from the University of Virginia. After spending a year in Sydney, Australia as a postdoctoral fellow, she came to UBC in 2005. Dr. Dunn conducts experimental research on self-knowledge and happiness, with a current focus on how people can use their money more effectively to increase well-being.

Dr. Bill Harbaugh is a professor of economics at the University of Oregon who studies why people make charitable donations. His work uses methods ranging from economic theory to experiments to fMRI neuroimaging. The neuroimaging research (joint with Dan Burghart and the psychologist Ulrich Mayr) shows that people exhibit a “pure altruism” response in reward-related areas of the brain when they see money going to a charity that provides food to the poor, and that those people with larger neural responses are more likely to make charitable donations.

Date: Wednesday, June 16, 2010
Time: 7:30 pm
Doors Open: 7:00 pm
Venue: SFU Harbour Center
Address: J & R Segal Center, Room 1400, 580 West Hastings, Vancouver
Tickets: CAD 22 regular / CAD 18 seniors and students
Plus applicable service charges available at
By phone at 604-629-8849
In person at the Arts Club Theatre on Granville Island

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