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Organised by Professors Paul Frijters, Richard Layard and Dr Jan-Emmanuel De Neve

Unless stated otherwise, seminars are held on Thursdays from 1:00pm - 2:15pm

Seminars are free and open to all - there is no need to register.

The CEP Wellbeing Programme holds regular seminars in its Enjoyment of Life series. The aim is to foster an interdisciplinary debate involving economists, psychologists, other social scientists, epidemiologists and clinical scientists to evaluate the strength of evidence linking wellbeing, biology, and health, the suitability of different research paradigms, and the social and health implications of this work. Each seminar will consist of a research presentation followed by discussion, with refreshments. [Past seminars]
All seminars, unless otherwise stated, will be held at CEP, 2nd floor meeting room (2.04), 32 Lincoln's Inn Fields, WC2A 3PH. If you are an external visitor to LSE, please bring a copy of the email reminder with you.

For any enquiries, please contact Tajender Sagoo, either by email: t.sagoo@lse.ac.uk or telephone: +44(0)20 7955 6648

Wednesday  24 October 2018  13:00 - 14:15


Armando N. Meier (Basel)

32L 2.04, 2nd Floor Conference Room, LSE, 32 Lincoln's Inn Fields, London WC2A 3PH
Thursday  07 June 2018  13:00 - 14:15

How Loosely Affiliated Organizations Improve or Impair Worker Citizenship: The Importance of Organizational Informing and Worker Identification

Michael Parke (London Business School)

Organizational informing—communications about worker-related issues and decisions—highlights to employees how they collectively matter and make a difference in organizational functioning and thus is often used to motivate citizenship behavior. However, previous research has mostly been conducted in traditional contexts where full-time employees work interdependently and are collocated, environments conducive for developing stronger connections among organizational members. This raises a question as to how informing would work in loosely affiliated organizations where the majority of workers are contracted, work independently, and work remotely. We investigate this question to uncover a key boundary condition of informing’s effects in loosely affiliated organizations: worker community identification. Specifically, we propose that informing has a more negative (positive) effect on workers’ perceived impact and downstream citizenship behaviors (voice and helping) when workers have low (high) identification with the worker community. A randomized field experiment at a US healthcare organization comprised of a national network of affiliated physicians (Study 1) and an online experiment with Amazon Mechanical Turk’s community of workers (Study 2) provided general support for our hypotheses. We conclude with implications for how leaders of loosely affiliated organizations can more effectively enhance worker perceived impact, voice, and helping.

32L 2.04, 2nd Floor Conference Room, LSE, 32 Lincoln's Inn Fields, London WC2A 3PH
Thursday  14 June 2018  13:00 - 14:15

Understanding Local Variations in Individual Wellbeing. An Analysis of English Local Authorities Using the Annual Population Survey

Martin Knapp (LSE) , joint with Josť-Luis FernŠndez (LSE)

Recent aggregated data suggests there exist important differences in local authority levels of wellbeing. They also describe significant changes through time in local wellbeing in certain localities. Using individual-level data from the Annual Population Survey matched to a range of local area indicators, the presentation will discuss early results of a quantitative analysis of variations in wellbeing. Our aim is to describe which factors explain local variability in wellbeing, and the extent to which area-level factors play a role over and above the effects of individual characteristics of the local population.

32L 2.04, 2nd Floor Conference Room, LSE, 32 Lincoln's Inn Fields, London WC2A 3PH
There are also future events listed for this series. Please see Wellbeing Seminar Series listed for Next Term