Subjective well-being over the life course: Evidence and policy implications
Organised by OECD, CEPREMAP, What Works Centre for Wellbeing , and CEP
Date: Monday 12 - Tuesday13 December 2016
video recordings (external link to YouTube)
Watch all the sessions and keynote addresses from this landmark conference:
Why should governments care about people's wellbeing? How would policy change if raising wellbeing was the objective?
Understanding how people experience and feel about their lives provides valuable information for policy-makers. But for public policy to improve people's subjective well-being, we need a good understanding of what drives it. This two-day conference will examine the latest evidence from UK and international research on the determinants of subjective well-being over the life course, and what this might mean for policy-making.
Supported by the What Works Centre for Wellbeing, this event is a landmark conference reporting the first results from a collaboration between the London School of Economics Centre for Economic Performance, the CEPREMAP Wellbeing Observatory at the Paris School of Economics, the OECD, and an international consortium of researchers.
The first day of the conference featured an overview of UK findings, presented by Lord Richard Layard, Andrew Clark, and Nick Powdthavee. This will be followed by a broad debate about how subjective well-being evidence can improve policy-making. The second day involved a more detailed look at the international evidence from an OECD Consortium, featuring results from the United States, France, Germany, Australia, Norway, Denmark and Sweden.
Other event highlights include:
Conference opened by Lord Gus O’Donnell “Subjective well-being and policy”
Keynote address by Jeffrey Sachs (Columbia University) "Economics for the Common Good"
Panel session 1: Why should policy-makers care about people’s wellbeing?
Panel session 2: How would policies differ if wellbeing was the objective?
Closing keynote speaker: Alan Krueger (via video, YouTube)
Launch of a new Wellbeing Society: Paul Frijters (University of Queensland)
OECD Consortium on Life-Course Determinants of Wellbeing
GERMANY: Expanding the toolbox for measuring well-being to include text responses from quantitative social science survey data: Age and Cohort Effects in the SOEP
SWEDEN: Family and childhood correlates of adult outcomes in register data
FRANCE: Early childcare arrangements and children's psychological development (EDEN)
AUSTRALIA: Resilience: The effect of childhood circumstances on later life wellbeing variability (HILDA)
Closing address by John Helliwell (UBC)
Monday 14 December: video recording
Conference opening: Lord Gus O’Donnell
Morning Session (USA; Germany; Norway)
Session 2 (Sweden; France)
Session 3 (Denmark; Australia; Closing Address)
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