How Are You, My Dearest Mozart? Well-being and Creativity of Three Famous Composers Based on their Letters
AbstractThe well-being of a person is reflected in the language used. Building on 1,400 letters written by three famous music composers, I obtain well-being indices that span their lifetime. The validity of this methodology is shown by linking the indices with biographical information and through estimation of the determinants of well-being. I find, consistent with the literature, that work-related engagements and accomplishments are positively related with well-being, while poor health or death of a relative is detrimental. I then exploit the data and provide quantitative evidence on the existence of a causal impact of negative emotions on outstanding creativity, an association hypothesized across several disciplines since the Antiquity; however, not yet convincingly established for the case of extraordinary achievers.
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Well-being; happiness; positive emotions; negative emotions; creativity; health; labor; composer; letters; methodology; music history;
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- Karol Jan BOROWIECKI, 2014. "How Are You, My Dearest Mozart? Well-being and Creativity of Three Famous Composers Based on their Letters," Trinity Economics Papers tep0114, Trinity College Dublin, Department of Economics.
- D60 - Microeconomics - - Welfare Economics - - - General
- I31 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Welfare, Well-Being, and Poverty - - - General Welfare, Well-Being
- J24 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demand and Supply of Labor - - - Human Capital; Skills; Occupational Choice; Labor Productivity
- N33 - Economic History - - Labor and Consumers, Demography, Education, Health, Welfare, Income, Wealth, Religion, and Philanthropy - - - Europe: Pre-1913
- Z11 - Other Special Topics - - Cultural Economics - - - Economics of the Arts and Literature
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- NEP-ALL-2013-12-29 (All new papers)
- NEP-CUL-2013-12-29 (Cultural Economics)
- NEP-HAP-2013-12-29 (Economics of Happiness)
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