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CEP Discussion Paper
The Long-Lasting Effects of Family and Childhood on Adult Wellbeing: Evidence from British Cohort Data Andrew E. Clark, Sarah Flèche and Warn N. Lekfuangfu July 2017
Paper No' CEPDP1493:
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JEL Classification: A12; D60; I31


Tags: life satisfaction; cohort data; childhood; adult outcomes

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CEP Discussion Paper
War, Migration and the Origins of the Thai Sex Industry Abel Brodeur, Warn N. Lekfuangfu and Yanos Zylberberg
July 2017
Paper No' CEPDP1489:
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JEL Classification: O17; O18; N15; J46; J47; I28


Tags: persistence; industry location; sex industry; hiv; aids

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CEP Discussion Paper
The Key Determinants of Happiness and Misery Andrew E. Clark, Sarah Flèche, Richard Layard, Nattavudh Powdthavee and George Ward June 2017
Paper No' CEPDP1485:
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JEL Classification: I31; I10


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

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CEP Discussion Paper
Happiness at Work Jan-Emmanuel De Neve and George Ward
March 2017
Paper No' CEPDP1474:
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JEL Classification: I31


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

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CentrePiece Article
Superstar houses and the American mortgage frenzy Clement Bellet
March 2017
Paper No' CEPCP498:
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CentrePiece 22 (1) Spring 2017


JEL Classification: D01; D03; I30; R20


Tags: inequality; social preferences; subjective well-being; housing; household debt

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CentrePiece Article
Origins of happiness Andrew Clark, Sarah Flèche, Richard Layard, Nattavudh Powdthavee and George Ward
March 2017
Paper No' CEPCP497:
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CentrePiece 22 (1) Spring 2017


Tags: happiness; wellbeing; government; mental health

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CEP Discussion Paper
Parental Sleep and Employment: Evidence from a British Cohort Study Joan Costa-Font and Sarah Flèche
February 2017
Paper No' CEPDP1467:
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JEL Classification: J13; J22; I18; J28


Tags: child sleep; sleep; maternal employment; working hours; job satisfaction; alspac

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CEP Discussion Paper
The Paradox of the Joneses: Superstar Houses and Mortgage Frenzy in Suburban America Clement Bellet
January 2017
Paper No' CEPDP1462:
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JEL Classification: D01; D03; I30; R20


Tags: inequality; social preferences; subjective well-being; housing; household debt

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CEP Discussion Paper
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
Paper No' CEPDP1441:
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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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CEP Discussion Paper
Without My medal on My Mind: Counterfactual Thinking and Other Determinants of Athlete Emotions Paul Dolan, Chloe Foy, Georgios Kavetsos and Laura Kudrna June 2016
Paper No' CEPDP1436:
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JEL Classification: D60; I31


Tags: counterfactual thinking; close calls; relative status; happiness; olympic games

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CEP Discussion Paper
Models of Affective Decision-making: How do Feelings Predict Choice? Caroline J. Charpentier, Jan-Emmanuel De Neve, Jonathan P. Roiser and Tali Sharot February 2016
Paper No' CEPDP1408:
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JEL Classification: D01; D03; D81


Tags: decision-making; feelings; subjective well-being; value; utility; prospect theory

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CEP Discussion Paper
Top Incomes and Human Well-Being Around the World Richard V. Burkhauser, Jan-Emmanuel De Neve and Nattavudh Powdthavee
January 2016
Paper No' CEPDP1400:
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JEL Classification: D63; I3


Tags: top income; life evaluation; well-being; income inequality; world top income database; gallup world poll

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CEP Discussion Paper
The youngest Get the Pill: ADHD Misdiagnosis and the Production of Education in Germany Hannes Schwandt and Amelie Wuppermann December 2015
Paper No' CEPDP1394:
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JEL Classification: I1; I2; J1


Tags: adhd; misdiagnosis; age cut-off; education

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CEP Discussion Paper
Do People Seek to Maximize Their Subjective Well-Being? Marc Fleurbaey and Hannes Schwandt
November 2015
Paper No' CEPDP1391:
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JEL Classification: D03; D60


Tags: subjective well-being; life satisfaction; happiness; life goals; utility

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CEP Discussion Paper
Short and Long-Term Effects of Unemployment on Fertility Janet Currie and Hannes Schwandt
November 2015
Paper No' CEPDP1387:
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JEL Classification: J6; J11; J12; J13


Tags: fertility; unemployment

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CEP Discussion Paper
Distaste for Centralization: Evidence from a Quasi-Natural Experiment in Switzerland Sarah Flèche
November 2015
Paper No' CEPDP1383:
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JEL Classification: H11; H40; I31


Tags: decentralization; life satisfaction; public spending; procedural utility

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CEP Discussion Paper
Early Maternal Employment and Non-cognitive Outcomes in Early Childhood and Adolescence: Evidence from British Birth Cohort Data Andrew E. Clark, Warn N. Lekfuangfu, Nattavudh Powdthavee and George Ward October 2015
Paper No' CEPDP1380:
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JEL Classification: D1; I3; J6


Tags: child outcomes; maternal employment; well-being; conduct; alspac

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CEP Discussion Paper
Would You Choose to be Happy? Tradeoffs between Happiness and the Other Dimensions of Life in a Large Population Survey Matthew D. Adler, Paul Dolan and Georgios Kavetsos August 2015
Paper No' CEPDP1366:
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JEL Classification: D6; H00; I00; I31


Tags: happiness; subjective well-being; preferences

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CEP Discussion Paper
Does Worker Wellbeing Affect Workplace Performance? Alex Bryson, John Forth and Lucy Stokes
July 2015
Paper No' CEPDP1363:
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JEL Classification: J28


Tags: subjective well being; job satisfaction; job-related affect; workplace performance

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CEP Discussion Paper
Do More of those in Misery Suffer From Poverty, Unemployment or Mental Illness? Sarah Flèche and Richard Layard
June 2015
Paper No' CEPDP1356:
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JEL Classification: I1; I3; I31; I32


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

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CEP Election Analysis
A New Priority for Mental Health Richard Layard
May 2015
Paper No' CEPEA035:
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Tags: mental health; nhs; government policy

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CEP Discussion Paper
Is Happiness a Predictor of Election Results? George Ward
April 2015
Paper No' CEPDP1343:
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JEL Classification: I31; D72


Tags: subjective well-being; political agency; elections

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CEP Discussion Paper
Do You Have To Win It To Fix It? A Longitudinal Study of Lottery Winners and Their Health Care Demand Terence C. Cheng, Joan Costa Font and Nattavudh Powdthavee March 2015
Paper No' CEPDP1339:
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JEL Classification: H42; I11; D1


Tags: lottery wins; health care; income elasticity; public-private

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CEP Discussion Paper
Share Capitalism and Worker Wellbeing Alex Bryson, Andrew E. Clark, Richard B. Freeman and Colin P. Green
February 2015
Paper No' CEPDP1329:
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JEL Classification: J28; J33; J54; J63; J81; M52


Tags: job satisfaction; wages; compensation methods; working conditions

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CEP Discussion Paper
Vertical Transmission of Overweight: Evidence From English Adoptees Joan Costa Font, Mireia Jofre-Bonet and Julian Le Grand
January 2015
Paper No' CEPDP1324:
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JEL Classification: I18; D13; Z1


Tags: vertical transmission; cultural transmission; overweight; children; natural parents; body mass index; sample selection

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CEP Discussion Paper
Adaptation to Poverty in Long-Run Panel Data Andrew E. Clark, Conchita D'Ambrosio and Simone Ghislandi
November 2014
Paper No' CEPDP1315:
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JEL Classification: I31; D60


Tags: income; poverty; subjective well-being; adaptation; soep

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CEP Discussion Paper
Economic Growth Evens-Out Happiness: Evidence from Six Surveys Andrew E. Clark, Sarah Flèche and Claudia Senik
October 2014
Paper No' CEPDP1306:
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JEL Classification: D31; D6; I3; O15


Tags: happiness; inequality; economic growth; development; easterlin paradox

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CEP Discussion Paper
The Asymmetric Experience of Positive and Negative Economic Growth: Global Evidence Using Subjective Well-Being Data Femke De Keulenaer, Jan-Emmanuel De Neve, Georgios Kavetsos, Michael I. Norton, Bert Van Landeghem and George W. Ward October 2014
Paper No' CEPDP1304:
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JEL Classification: D03; O11; D69; I39


Tags: economic growth; business cycles; subjective well-being

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CEP Discussion Paper
Early, Late or Never? When Does Parental Education Impact Child Outcomes? Matt Dickson, Paul Gregg and Harriet Robinson
September 2014
Paper No' CEPDP1295:
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JEL Classification: I20; J62; J24


Tags: intergenerational mobility; schooling; child development; alspac

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CEP Discussion Paper
Because I'm Worth It: A Lab-Field Experiment on the Spillover Effects of Incentives in Health Paul Dolan and Matteo M. Galizzi July 2014
Paper No' CEPDP1286:
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JEL Classification: C91; C93; D03; I10


Tags: incentives in health; spillover effects; licensing; hidden costs of incentives

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CEP Discussion Paper
Wealth Shocks and Health Outcomes: Evidence from Stock Market Fluctuations Hannes Schwandt
July 2014
Paper No' CEPDP1281:
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JEL Classification: G10; I10; J14


Tags: retiree health; wealth shocks; stock market

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CEP Discussion Paper
Eliciting Taxpayer Preferences Increases Tax Compliance Jan-Emmanuel De Neve, Cait Lamberton and Michael I. Norton
May 2014
Paper No' CEPDP1270:
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JEL Classification: D03; H26; H30; H50; I31


Tags: tax compliance; taxpayer agency; taxpayer satisfaction; government spending

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CEP Occasional Paper
Money, Well-being and Loss Aversion: Does an Income Loss Have a Greater Effect on Well-being than an Equivalent Income Gain? Christopher J. Boyce, Alex M. Wood, James Banks, Andrew E. Clark and Gordon D.A. Brown January 2014
Paper No' CEPOP39:
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JEL Classification: D03; D31; I31


Tags: loss aversion; money; income; subjective well-being

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CEP Discussion Paper
Looking Ahead: Subjective Time Perception and Individual Time Discounting W. David Bradford, Paul Dolan and Matteo M. Galizzi
January 2014
Paper No' CEPDP1255:
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JEL Classification: D1; D10; D91


Tags: time preferences; time perception; hyperbolic discounting

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CEP Discussion Paper
Childhood Sporting Activities and Adult Labour-Market Outcomes Charlotte Cabane and Andrew E. Clark
December 2013
Paper No' CEPDP1253:
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JEL Classification: J24; J13; L83; I2


Tags: job characteristics; education; sport; school

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CEP Discussion Paper
Upward Social Mobility, Well-being and Political Preferences: Evidence from the BHPS Andrew E. Clark and Emanuela D'Angelo
December 2013
Paper No' CEPDP1252:
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JEL Classification: A14; C25; D31; D63; J28; J62


Tags: social mobility; satisfaction; redistribution; inequality; voting

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CEP Discussion Paper
Risk and Evidence of Bias in Randomized Controlled Trials in Economics Peter Boone, Alex Eble and Diana Elbourne
September 2013
Paper No' CEPDP1240:
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JEL Classification: C9; C90; C93; C10; C12; C18


Tags: randomized controlled trials; field experiments; bias; treatment effect estimates

CEP Discussion Paper
Mental Illness and Unhappiness Dan Chisholm, Richard Layard, Vikram Patel and Shekhar Saxena
September 2013
Paper No' CEPDP1239:
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JEL Classification: I10; I14; I18


Tags: mental illness; welfare benefits; healthcare costs; life-satisfaction

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CEP Discussion Paper
The Objective Benefits of Subjective Well-Being Jan-Emmanuel De Neve, Ed Diener, Louis Tay and Cody Xuereb
August 2013
Paper No' CEPDP1236:
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JEL Classification: E10;E30;E24;E21


Tags: unemployment; aggregate demand; matching frictions

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CEP Discussion Paper
Are Happier People Less Judgmental of Other People's Selfish Behaviors? Laboratory Evidence from Trust and Gift Exchange Games Michalis Drouvelis and Nattavudh Powdthavee July 2013
Paper No' CEPDP1231:
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JEL Classification: C91


Tags: happiness; moral judgments; trust games; gift exchange games

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CEP Discussion Paper
Unmet Aspirations as an Explanation for the Age U-Shape in Human Wellbeing Hannes Schwandt
July 2013
Paper No' CEPDP1229:
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JEL Classification: A12;I30;D84


Tags: life satisfaction; expectations; aging

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CEP Discussion Paper
Winning Big But Feeling No Better? The Effect of Lottery Prizes on Physical and Mental Health Bénédicte Apouey and Andrew E. Clark July 2013
Paper No' CEPDP1228:
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JEL Classification: D1; I1; I3


Tags: income; self-assessed health; mental health; smoking; drinking

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CEP Discussion Paper
Enhancing Recovery Rates: Lessons from Year One of the English Improving Access to Psychological Therapies Programme David M. Clark, Alex Gyani, Richard Layard and Roz Shafran July 2013
Paper No' CEPDP1227:
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JEL Classification: I12; I18


Tags: mental illness; depression; anxiety; cognitive behavioural therapy

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CEP Discussion Paper
Molecular Genetics and Subjective Well-Being Meike Bartels, Daniel J. Benjamin, David Cesarini, Jan-Emmanuel De Neve, Magnus Johannesson, Philipp D. Koellinger, Robert F. Krueger, Patrik K. E. Magnusson, Nancy L. Pedersen, Cornelius A. Rietveld and Henning Tiemeier June 2013
Paper No' CEPDP1225:
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JEL Classification: D03; D60


Tags: subjective well-being; heritability; genetics; greml

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CEP Discussion Paper
Mental Health: The New Frontier for Labour Economics Richard Layard
May 2013
Paper No' CEPDP1213:
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JEL Classification: I30; J30


Tags: mental health; wellbeing; employment

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CEP Discussion Paper
Smoking, Income and Subjective Well-Being: Evidence from Smoking Bans Abel Brodeur
April 2013
Paper No' CEPDP1202:
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JEL Classification: D62; H51; I18; I38


Tags: adaptation; addiction; smoking policies; subjective well-being; time-inconsistency

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CEP Discussion Paper
Where the Streets Have a Name: Income Comparisons in the US Abel Brodeur and Sarah Flèche
March 2013
Paper No' CEPDP1196:
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JEL Classification: C25; D00; J31


Tags: income comparisons; rank; relative utility; social interactions; social status; well-being

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CEP Discussion Paper
Estimating the Influence of Life Satisfaction and Positive Affect on Later Income Using Sibling Fixed-Effects Jan-Emmanuel De Neve and Andrew J. Oswald November 2012
Paper No' CEPDP1176:
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JEL Classification: I10; J24


Tags: income; life satisfaction; positive affect

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CEP Discussion Paper
The Enduring Impact of Childhood Experience on Mental Health: Evidence Using Instrumented Co-Twin Data Rachel Berner Shalem, Francesca Cornaglia and Jan-Emmanuel De Neve November 2012
Paper No' CEPDP1175:
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JEL Classification: I10


Tags: mental health; childhood experience; twin study; instrumental variable analysis

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CEP Discussion Paper
Resilience to Economic Shocks and the Long Reach of Childhood Bullying Nattavudh Powdthavee
October 2012
Paper No' CEPDP1173:
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JEL Classification: D03; I19; J64


Tags: resilience; adaptation; happiness; unemployment; childhood; well-being

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CEP Discussion Paper
Happy Talk: Mode of Administration Effects on Subjective Well-Being Paul Dolan and Georgios Kavetsos
July 2012
Paper No' CEPDP1159:
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JEL Classification: D60; I3; Z18


Tags: subjective well-being; happiness; survey mode

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CEP Discussion Paper
Not all Incentives Wash out the Warm Glow: The Case of Blood Donation Revisited Joan Costa Font, Mireia Jofre-Bonet and Steven T. Yen July 2012
Paper No' CEPDP1157:
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JEL Classification: I18; I38; Z13


Tags: altruism; blood donation; incentives; nudging; recursive system; warm glow

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CEP Discussion Paper
Why Do People Pay for Useless Advice? Nattavudh Powdthavee and Yohanes E. Riyanto
June 2012
Paper No' CEPDP1153:
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JEL Classification: C91; D03


Tags: behavioral finance; hot-hand; random streak; expertise; information

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CEP Discussion Paper
Genes, Economics and Happiness Nicholas A. Christakis, Jan-Emmanuel De Neve, James H. Fowler and Bruno S. Frey
February 2012
Paper No' CEPDP1127:
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JEL Classification: A12; D03; D87; Z00


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

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CentrePiece Article
Big ideas: wellbeing and public policy Richard Layard
February 2012
Paper No' CEPCP355:
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CentrePiece 16 (3) Winter 2012


Tags: wellbeing; happiness; public policy

CEE/Education and Skills Programme Discussion Paper
Mental Health and Education Decisions Francesca Cornaglia, Elena Crivellaro and Sandra McNally
February 2012
Paper No' CEEEDP0136:
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JEL Classification: I1; I2


Tags: mental health; educational attainment; drop-out

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CEP Discussion Paper
Anorexia, Body Image and Peer Effects: Evidence from a Sample of European Women Joan Costa Font and Mireia Jofre-Bonet
November 2011
Paper No' CEPDP1098:
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JEL Classification: I12; Q18


Tags: self-image; identity; body image; eating disorders; anorexia; european women

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CEP Discussion Paper
Wishful Thinking Guy Mayraz
November 2011
Paper No' CEPDP1092:
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JEL Classification: D01; D03; D81; D84; G11


Tags: wishful-thinking; optimal expectations; priors and desires; payoff-dependent beliefs; asset prices

CEP Discussion Paper
A Model for the Delivery of Evidence-Based PSHE (Personal Wellbeing) in Secondary Schools John Coleman, Daniel Hale and Richard Layard August 2011
Paper No' CEPDP1071:
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JEL Classification: I1; I18; I2


Tags: health education; social-emotional learning; life-skills; prevention

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CEP Discussion Paper
A Step towards Valuing Utility the Marginal and Cardinal Way Paul Dolan, Daniel Fujiwara and Robert Metcalfe
July 2011
Paper No' CEPDP1062:
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JEL Classification: A10; D6; D61; H41; I31


Tags: subjective well-being; utility; happiness; multicollinearity; income; non-market goods

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CEP Special Report
Measuring Subjective Wellbeing for Public Policy: Recommendations on Measures Paul Dolan, Richard Layard and Robert Metcalfe
March 2011
Paper No' CEPSP23:
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CEP Discussion Paper
Priors and Desires Guy Mayraz
March 2011
Paper No' CEPDP1047:
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JEL Classification: D01; D03; D80; D81; D83; D84


Tags: wishful thinking; cognitive dissonance; reference-dependent beliefs; referencedependent preferences

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CEP Discussion Paper
A Map of Mental Health Rachel Smithies
September 2010
Paper No' CEPDP0996:
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JEL Classification: H51; I19


Tags: mental health; nhs; mental health services; mental health staff; public health; expenditure

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CEP Discussion Paper
Life Satisfaction and Relative Income: Perceptions and Evidence Guy Mayraz, Jürgen Schupp and Gert G. Wagner
July 2009
Paper No' CEPDP0938:
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JEL Classification: D31; D62; D63; I3; I31; Z13


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

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CEP Discussion Paper
Does Relative Income Matter? Are the Critics Right? Richard Layard, Guy Mayraz and Stephen Nickell
March 2009
Paper No' CEPDP0918:
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JEL Classification: D31; D90; E01; H00; I31; O15


Tags: easterlin paradox; happiness; relative income; growth

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CEP Discussion Paper
Improving Access to Psychological Therapy: Initial Evaluation of the Two Demonstration Sites David M. Clark, Richard Layard and Rachel Smithies November 2008
Paper No' CEPDP0897:
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JEL Classification: I12


Tags: cognitive behavioural therapy; cbt; psychological therapy; evaluation; cost benefit analysis; iapt

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CEP Discussion Paper
Comparing Willingness-to-Pay and Subjective Well-Being in the Context of Non-Market Goods Paul Dolan and Robert Metcalfe
October 2008
Paper No' CEPDP0890:
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JEL Classification: D61; D62; H23; Q51; C21


Tags: willingness to pay; preferences; life satisfaction; subjective well-being; nonmarket goods

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CEP Discussion Paper
Cost-Benefit Analysis of Psychological Therapy David Clark, Martin Knapp, Richard Layard and Guy Mayraz
October 2007
Paper No' CEPDP0829:
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JEL Classification: H5; I1


Tags: depression; anxiety; cost-benefit analysis; cognitive behavioural therapy; psychological therapists


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National Institute Economic Review No.202 October 2007
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CEP Discussion Paper
The Marginal Utility of Income Richard Layard, Guy Mayraz and Stephen Nickell
March 2007
Paper No' CEPDP0784:
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JEL Classification: I31; H00; D1; D61; H21


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