Wellbeing Conference 2016 Dec

lse-conference-logosSubjective wellbeing over the life course: Evidence and policy implications

Why should governments care about people’s wellbeing and how would policy change if raising wellbeing was the objective?

This landmark conference in December 2016 was organised by the OECD, CEPREMAP, What Works Centre for Wellbeing, and the Centre for Economic Peformance at London School of Economics.

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  1.  Wellbeing and policy Lord Gus O’Donnell 
  2. Martine Durand OECD Chief statistician
  3. Wellbeing over the life course: Richard Layard LSE, Andrew Clark Paris School economics, Nick Powdthavee University of Warwick
  4. Economics for the Common Good Jeffrey Sachs, Columbia University on
  5. What matters for wellbeing? Mari Kiviniemi OECD Deputy Secretary General,
  6. Why should policy makers care about people’s wellbeing? 
    • Ohood Al Roumi, Minister of State for Happiness, United Arab Emirates
    • Eva Christiansen, German Chancellery
    • Oliver Letwin, former UK Cabinet Minister
    • Vincent Aussilloux, France Stratagie
  7. How would policies differ if wellbeing was the objective?
    • David Halpern, UK Behavioural Insights Team
    • John Helliwell, University of British Columbia
    • Girol Karacaoglu, New Zealand School of Government
    • Mark Pearson, OECD
  8. Alan Kreuger, Professor of Economics and Public Affairs, Princeton University
  9. Paul Frijters LSE introducing a new academic World Wellbeing Panel