Thursday, 20 April 2017

Origins of happiness

an article by Andrew Clark, Sarah Flèche, Richard Layard, Nick Powdthavee and George Ward (Centre for Economic Performance, LSE, London, UK) published in CentrePiece Volume 22 Number 1 (Spring 2017)


Understanding the key determinants of people’s life satisfaction makes it possible to suggest policies for how best to reduce misery and promote well-being. A forthcoming book by Richard Layard and colleagues discusses evidence on the origins of happiness in survey data from Australia, Germany, the UK and the United States.

CentrePiece article full text (PDF)

Further reading

Richard Easterlin (1974) ‘Does Economic Growth Improve the Human Lot? Some Empirical Evidence’, in Nations and Households in Economic Growth: Essays in Honor of Moses Abramovitz edited by Paul David and Melvin Reder, Academic Press.

Sarah Flèche (2016) ‘Teacher Quality, Test Scores and Non-cognitive Skills: Evidence from Primary School Teachers in the UK’, CEP mimeo.

Richard Layard and David M Clark (2014) Thrive: The Power of Evidence-based Psychological Therapies, Penguin.

OECD (1962) ‘Policy Conference on Economic Growth and Investment in Education, Washington, 16th-20th October 1961: Targets for Education in Europe in 1970’, paper by Ingvar Svennilson in association with Friedrich Edding and Lionel Elvin.

Theodore Schultz (1961) ‘Investment in Human Capital’, American Economic Review 51(1): 1-17.

George Ward (2015) ‘Is Happiness a Predictor of Election Results?’, CEP Discussion Paper No. 1343.

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