"The Road Out of the Economic Crisis: Towards Wellbeing and Social Progress"
Guest Editors
Professor Mariano Rojas, FLACSO-México and UPAEP
Professor Andrés J. Picazo-Tadeo, Universidad de Valencia-Spain andres.j.picazo@uv.ess
Associate Professor Jorge Guardiola, Universidad de Granada-Spain

All papers presented in the XVI Encuentro de Economía Aplicada (XVI Applied Economics Meeting) in Granada in June 2013, will be considered for publication in a Special Issue of Social Indicators Research. The Guest Editors will make a pre-selection of the papers on the basis of their originality, quality, and relevance to the theme of the Special Issue. The Special Issue will contain about ten papers of normal length, so strong competition in terms of quality is expected. Manuscripts should not have been previously published nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere. Once the invited authors have agreed to participate in the Special Issue, all papers will follow a blind-review process. Accepted papers must comply with the Social Indicators Research's submission guidelines in order to be published.

The Meeting’s Theme

There are multiple intertwined facets in a human life, and societies are not simply made up of a collection of out-of-context individuals. Economic activities such as production, consumption and employment should not be interpreted as final aims but as means to creating people’s wellbeing. The recent economic crisis creates an opportunity to enrich the vision that economists have of prosperity. The time seems to be right for reflecting on the possible roads to prosperity and social progress, as well as to choosing that path that could lead us towards greater wellbeing and the preservation of the ecosystem. In this vein, this special issue would be especially appropriate for the following branches in economics:

Philosophical economics and ethics economics: these disciplines can analyse the pros and cons of the different roads to prosperity and wellbeing after the crisis.
Economic history: through rigorous analysis that allows learning from the past and proposing roads to prosperity.
Economics of happiness, as well as new methodologies and theoretical frameworks that build, for instance, indexes that convey a more accurate picture of human wellbeing than Gross Domestic Product alone.
The interaction of economics with other social sciences in order to better describe human behaviour and propose alternatives for social progress.
Ecological economics and other proposals that ensure material wellbeing without exceeding the biophysical limits of the biosphere.
- Behavioural economics: to propose different roads to prosperity through a better knowledge of human beings.

Important Dates

15 June, 2012: Invitation by email to the authors of pre-selected manuscripts to participate in the reviewing process for the Special Issue.

1 July, 2012: Acceptance of invited authors. At this moment, a statement that the paper is not published nor considered for publication elsewhere, and a copy of the paper adapted to the norms in the Social Indicator Research’s submission guidelines should be sent by email to the Guest Editors.

31 October, 2012: Notification to authors of the results of the reviewing process.

30 November, 2012: Revised version of the paper due for authors invited to resubmission.

15 January, 2013: Notification of acceptance.

31 January, 2013: Final version of the paper due for accepted papers.