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Book launch - a handbook for wellbeing policy-making Paul Frijters and Christian Krekel
July 2021
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Tags: wellbeing; policy; public sector; policy-making

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Locked-in syndrome: why this must all end on 19 July Paul Dolan and Sunetra Gupta
June 2021
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Tags: covid-19; equality; growth; wellbeing; business

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How should we measure the impact of Covid-19 policies on our wellbeing? Paul Dolan and Christian Krekel
June 2021
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Tags: covid-19; wellbeing; policy

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Happy to help: how a UK micro-volunteering programme increased people's wellbeing Paul Dolan, Christian Krekel, Helen Lee, Claire Marshall, Ganga Shreedhar and Allison Smith June 2021
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Tags: covid-19; wellbeing; subjective wellbeing; volunteering; pro-social action; quasi-natural experiment; social welfare analysis; covid-19

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A Handbook for Wellbeing Policy-Making Paul Frijters and Christian Krekel
May 2021
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Tags: wellbeing; policy; happiness

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Happy to help: The welfare effects of a nationwide micro-volunteering programme Paul Dolan, Christian Krekel, Helen Lee, Claire Marshall, Ganga Shreedhar and Allison Smith May 2021
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Tags: subjective wellbeing; volunteering; pro-social action; quasi-natural experiment; social welfare analysis; covid-19

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Don't let fears about the Indian variant stop us thinking rationally about risk Paul Dolan and Christian Krekel
May 2021
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Tags: covid-19; equality; jobs; wellbeing

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Vaccines for developing countries: the costs and benefits of waiving patents Romesh Vaitilingam
May 2021
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Tags: covid-19; wellbeing; health

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How to improve tax compliance: Evidence from population-wide experiments in Belgium Jan-Emmanuel De Neve, Clement Imbert, Maarten Luts, Johannes Spinnewijn, Johannes Spinnewijn and Teodora Tsankova May 2021
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Tags: wellbeing; tax compliance; belgium; nudges

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Why the UK-India Young Professionals Scheme might end up benefitting a handful of large companies Alan Manning
May 2021
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Tags: wellbeing; immigration; employment

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Beyond income inequality: factoring in non-monetary rewards Andrew E. Clark, Maria Cotofan and Richard Layard
April 2021
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Tags: social mobility; wages; equality; labour markets; wellbeing

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World Happiness Report 2021 Lara Aknin, Jan-Emmanuel De Neve, John Helliwell, Richard Layard, Jeffrey D. Sachs and Shun Wang
March 2021
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Tags: wellbeing; covid-19; happiness

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World Happiness Report: living long and living well Richard Layard and Ekaterina Oparina
March 2021
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Tags: wellbeing; world happiness report; policy; wellbeing

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How have school closures affected children's mental health? Jo Blanden, Claire Crawford, Laura Fumagalli and Birgitta Rabe
March 2021
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Tags: covid-19; schools; education; skills; wellbeing; mental health

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How a focus on wellbeing can help us make better policy decisions Celia Blanco-Jimenez, Liam Delaney, Paul Dolan, Georgios Kavetsos, Christian Krekel, Laura Kudrna, Kate Laffan, Richard Layard, Gus O'Donnell and Jet Sanders March 2021
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Tags: covid-19; wellbeing; policy; health

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Is Tokyo 2020 worth it? Christian Krekel
March 2021
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CentrePiece 26 (1) Spring 2021


Tags: wellbeing; covid-19; growth

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Build back happier Richard Layard
March 2021
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CentrePiece 26 (1) Spring 2021


Tags: wellbeing; public policy; covid-19

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The economic cost of Covid-19's mental health crisis Richard Layard
January 2021
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Tags: covid-19; wellbeing; policy; public policy; infrastructure

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What happened when parents lost their jobs during lockdown? Claudia Hupkau, Ingo Isphording, Stephen Machin and Jenifer Ruiz-Valenzuela December 2020
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Tags: covid-19; education; skills; employment; unemployment; labour markets; wellbeing

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Quantifying the externalities of renewable energy plants using wellbeing data: The case of biogas Christian Krekel, Julia Rechlitz, Johannes Rode and Alexander Zerrahn December 2020
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JEL Classification: C23; Q42; Q51; R20


Tags: renewables; biogas; externalities; social acceptance; wellbeing; spatial analysis; economic geography

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Quality of life in a dynamic spatial model Gabriel M. Ahlfeldt, Fabian Bald, Duncan Roth and Tobias Seidel
December 2020
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JEL Classification: J2; J3; R2; R3; R5


Tags: covid-19; dynamic; housing; migration; rents; pollution; productivity; spatial equilibrium; quality of life; wages; welfare; economic geography; productivity; wages; wellbeing

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Work, care, and gender across UK lockdowns Claudia Hupkau and Barbara Petrongolo
November 2020
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Tags: covid-19; gender; wellbeing; equality; labour; labor; labour markets; labor markets

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Taking a wellbeing-years approach to policy choice Andrew E. Clark, Jan-Emmanuel De Neve, Christian Krekel, Richard Layard and Gus O'Donnell September 2020
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Tags: covid-19; wellbeing; policy

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How economists view the US debate on extending jobless benefits Romesh Vaitilingam
August 2020
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Tags: wages; wellbeing; public policy; usa

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A happy choice: a response to the responses Andrew E. Clark, Paul Frijters, Christian Krekel and Richard Layard
July 2020
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Tags: wellbeing; subjective wellbeing

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How a job guarantee scheme can avoid the slide into long-term unemployment Richard Layard
May 2020
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Tags: covid-19; wellbeing; employment; labour markets; labor markets; labor; labour

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When to release the lockdown: A wellbeing framework for analysing costs and benefits Andrew E. Clark, Jan-Emmanuel De Neve, Daisy Fancourt, Nancy Hey, Christian Krekel, Richard Layard and Gus O'Donnell April 2020
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JEL Classification: D6; D61; H12; I31


Tags: covid-19; wellbeing economics; cost-benefit analysis; health policy

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We can increase happiness through public policy - and in our jobs and private lives too Richard Layard and George Ward
March 2020
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Tags: wellbeing; policy; equality

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Budget 2020: will it move the economy onto a sustainable and inclusive growth path? Anna Valero
March 2020
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Tags: brexit; covid-19; public policy; budget; uk; nhs; wellbeing; environment

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World Happiness Report 2020 Jan-Emmanuel De Neve, John Helliwell, Richard Layard and Jeffrey D. Sachs
March 2020
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Machiavelli versus concave utility functions: should bads be spread out or concentrated? Paul Frijters, Christian Krekel and Aydogan Ulker March 2020
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JEL Classification: I31; D1; P35


Tags: wellbeing; mental health; life events; non-linearities; hedonic adaptation; welfare analysis

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Can we be happier? Richard Layard and George Ward outline how we can boost wellbeing, both through public policy and in our jobs and private lives. Richard Layard and George Ward
March 2020
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CentrePiece 25 (1) Spring 2020


Tags: wellbeing; happiness


This article draws on Can We Be Happier? Evidence and Ethics by Richard Layard with George Ward, published in January 2020 by Pelican.
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Artificial intelligence could help protect victims of domestic violence Ria Ivandic
February 2020
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Tags: crime; wellbeing; gender; machine learning; technology; artificial intelligence

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The Joneses in Japan: income comparisons and financial satisfaction Andrew E. Clark, Claudia Senik and Katsunori Yamada
January 2020
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JEL Classification: D31; D63; I3; J31


Tags: wellbeing; income comparisons; japan; reference groups; reference-group income; satisfaction

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Can We Be Happier? Evidence and Ethics Richard Layard
January 2020
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A local community course that raises mental wellbeing and pro-sociality Jan-Emmanuel De Neve, Daisy Fancourt, Christian Krekel and Richard Layard January 2020
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JEL Classification: C93; I12; I31


Tags: wellbeing; pro-social behaviour; communities; intervention; rct

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Employee wellbeing, productivity and firm performance Jan-Emmanuel De Neve, Christian Krekel and George Ward
March 2019
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JEL Classification: I31; J24; J25


Tags: employee satisfaction; engagement; employee productivity; firm performance; wellbeing; meta-analysis

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World Happiness Report 2019 John Helliwell, Richard Layard and Jeffrey D. Sachs
February 2019
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Tags: wellbeing; technological change; society; policy; happiness

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Life satisfaction, QALYs, and the monetary value of health Li Huang, Paul Frijters, Kim Dalziel and Philip Clarke
August 2018
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Tags: australia; life satisfaction; qaly; value of health; wellbeing;

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Gender Norms and Relative Working Hours: Why Do Women Suffer More Than Men from Working Longer Hours Than Their Partners? Sarah Flèche, Anthony Lepinteur and Nattavudh Powdthavee May 2018
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Tags: wellbeing; gender wage gap

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Four decades of the economics of happiness: Where next? Andrew E. Clark
April 2018
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Tags: economics; subjective well-being; wellbeing

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World Happiness Report 2018 John Helliwell, Richard Layard and Jeffrey D. Sachs
March 2018
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Tags: wellbeing; immigration; migration; happiness

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Smart but unhappy: Independent-school competition and the wellbeing-efficiency trade-off in education Gabriel Heller-Sahlgren February 2018
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Tags: human capital; independent-school competition; wellbeing-efficiency trade-off;

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The key determinants of happiness and misery Andrew E. Clark, Sarah Flèche, Richard Layard, Nattavudh Powdthavee and George Ward June 2017
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JEL Classification: I31; I10


Tags: happiness; subjective wellbeing; life satisfaction; government; mental health

External publication
World Happiness Report 2017 Jan-Emmanuel De Neve, John Helliwell, Haifang Huang, Richard Layard, Jeffrey D. Sachs and Shun Wang
March 2017
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Happiness at work Jan-Emmanuel De Neve and George Ward
March 2017
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JEL Classification: I31


Tags: subjective wellbeing; employment; job type; job characteristics

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Origins of happiness Andrew E. Clark, Sarah Flèche, Richard Layard, Nattavudh Powdthavee and George Ward
March 2017
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CentrePiece 22 (1) Spring 2017


Tags: happiness; wellbeing; government; mental health

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Do More of Those in Misery Suffer from Poverty, Unemployment or Mental Illness? Sarah Flèche and Richard Layard
February 2017
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Tags: wellbeing; mental health

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Origins of Happiness Andrew E. Clark, Sarah Flèche, Richard Layard, Nattavudh Powdthavee and George Ward
January 2017
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Tags: happiness; wellbeing; government; mental health

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The ‘photo-finish effect’: when third place winners are happier than second Laura Kudrna
August 2016
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Tags: health and wellbeing; bronze medal; centre for economic performance; gold medal; london 2012; london school of economics; olympics; rio 2016; silver medal

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The host with the most? The effects of the Olympic Games on happiness Paul Dolan, Georgios Kavetsos, Christian Krekel, Dimitris Mavridis, Robert Metcalfe, Claudia Senik, Stefan Szymanski and Nicolas R. Ziebarth July 2016
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JEL Classification: I30; I31; I38; L83; Z20; Z28


Tags: subjective wellbeing; life satisfaction; happiness; olympic games; natural experiment

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World Happiness Report 2016 John Helliwell, Richard Layard and Jeffrey D. Sachs
March 2016
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Making the world a happier place Richard Layard
September 2015
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Tags: economy and business; esrc at 50; health and wellbeing; centre for economic performance; esrc 50; happiness; health and wellbeing; richard layard; wellbeing

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Do more of those in misery suffer from poverty, unemployment or mental illness? Sarah Flèche and Richard Layard
June 2015
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JEL Classification: I1; I3; I31; I32


Tags: mental health; life-satisfaction; wellbeing; poverty; unemployment

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Happy talk: mode of administration effects on subjective well-being Paul Dolan and Georgios Kavetsos
May 2015
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Tags: wellbeing; subjective well-being; happiness; survey mode

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World Happiness Report 2015 John Helliwell, Richard Layard and Jeffrey D. Sachs
April 2015
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Tags: wellbeing; environment; happiness

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What predicts a successful life? A life-course model of well-being Andrew E. Clark, Francesca Cornaglia, Richard Layard, Nattavudh Powdthavee and James Vernoit November 2014
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Tags: wellbeing; life-satisfaction; intervention; model; life-course; emotional health; conduct; intellectual performance; success

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World Happiness Report 2013 John Helliwell, Richard Layard and Jeffrey D. Sachs
September 2013
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Tags: wellbeing; policy; causes and effects of wellbeing; happiness

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Mental Health: The New Frontier for Labour Economics Richard Layard
May 2013
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JEL Classification: I30; J30


Tags: mental health; wellbeing; employment

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SERC/Urban and Spatial Programme Discussion Paper
Does Better Rail Access Improve Homeowners’ Happiness?: Evidence Based on Micro Surveys in Beijing Wenjie Wu
April 2013
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JEL Classification: D60; H41; R41


Tags: happiness; transport improvement; geographical information system; wellbeing; china

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Are You Happy While You Work? Alex Bryson and George MacKerron
February 2013
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JEL Classification: I1; J0; J28


Tags: happiness; relaxation; work; wellbeing


'Are you happy while you work?', Alex Bryson and George MacKerron, The Economic Journal, Volume 127, Issue 599, February 2017
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CEP discussion paper
Happy Talk: mode of administration effects on subjective well-being Paul Dolan and Georgios Kavetsos
July 2012
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JEL Classification: D60; I3; Z18


Tags: subjective well-being; happiness; survey mode; wellbeing

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World Happiness Report 2012 Jan-Emmanuel De Neve, John Helliwell, Richard Layard and Jeffrey D. Sachs
April 2012
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Genes, Economics and Happiness Nicholas A. Christakis, Jan-Emmanuel De Neve, James H. Fowler and Bruno S. Frey
February 2012
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JEL Classification: A12; D03; D87; Z00


Tags: wellbeing; socio-demographics; happiness; genetics; life satisfaction

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Crime and mental wellbeing Francesca Cornaglia and Andrew Leigh
February 2012
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CentrePiece 16 (3) Winter 2012


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Wellbeing in the workplace: the impact of modern management Alex Bryson and Pekka Ilmakunnas
February 2012
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CentrePiece 16 (3) Winter 2012


Tags: wellbeing; management practices

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Big ideas: wellbeing and public policy Richard Layard
February 2012
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CentrePiece 16 (3) Winter 2012


Tags: wellbeing; happiness; public policy

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Genes, economics, and happiness Nicholas A. Christakis, Jan-Emmanuel De Neve, James H. Fowler and Bruno S. Frey
January 2012
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Tags: wellbeing; socio-demographics; happiness; genetics; life satisfaction

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Does High Involvement Management Improve Worker Wellbeing? Alex Bryson, Petri Böckerman and Pekka Ilmakunnas
November 2011
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JEL Classification: I10; J28; J81; M52; M53; M54


Tags: health; subjective wellbeing; sickness absence; job satisfaction; pain; high involvement management; high performance work system; performance-related pay; training; team working; information sharing

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Implementing NICE guidelines for the psychological treatment of depression and anxiety disorders: The IAPT experience David M. Clark August 2011
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Happiness Richard Layard
April 2011
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CEP report
Measuring subjective wellbeing for public policy: recommendations on measures Paul Dolan, Richard Layard and Robert Metcalfe
March 2011
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Do Higher Wages Come at a Price? Erling Barth, Alex Bryson and Harald Dale-Olsen
October 2010
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JEL Classification: J28; J31; J81


Tags: worker wellbeing; job stress; job anxiety; job satisfaction; wages; compensating differentials

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Life satisfaction and relative income: perceptions and evidence Guy Mayraz, Jürgen Schupp and Gert G. Wagner
July 2009
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JEL Classification: D31; D62; D63; I3; I31; Z13


Tags: income comparisons; relative income; life satisfaction; german socio economic panel; soep; wellbeing

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Does relative income matter? Are the critics right? Richard Layard, Guy Mayraz and Stephen Nickell
March 2009
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JEL Classification: D31; D90; E01; H00; I31; O15


Tags: easterlin paradox; happiness; relative income; growth; wellbeing

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A Good Childhood Judy Dunn and Richard Layard
February 2009
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Tags: wellbeing; children; welfare; schools

CEE/Education and skills discussion paper
School Quality, Child Wellbeing and Parents Satisfaction Stephen Gibbons and Olmo Silva
January 2009
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JEL Classification: I20;H75;Z0


Tags: school quality; wellbeing; happiness and satisfaction; subjective measures

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The marginal utility of income Richard Layard, Guy Mayraz and Stephen Nickell
August 2008
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JEL Classification: I31; H00; D1; D61; H21


Tags: wellbeing; marginal utility; income; life satisfaction; happiness; public economic; welfare; inequality; optimal taxation; reference-dependent preferences

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Happiness and public policy: a challenge to the profession Richard Layard
March 2006
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Tags: happiness; public policy; wellbeing