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The programme director is Professor Alan Manning.
Room: 32L 2.36 A
Tel: +44 (0)20 7955 6078,
Research from the well-being programme and elsewhere shows that it is the quality of people's interactions with others that is an important determinant of their well-being. Values, beliefs and social interactions are also likely to be important in shaping economic outcomes. These values are not primarily influenced by the laws and policies enacted by government but by the self-organising and self-regulating rules and norms that govern interactions between people. Other social sciences have traditionally paid more attention to these issues than economists but the traditional emphasis of economists on deriving aggregate behaviour from individual decisions and the use of quantitative analysis offers the hope of making progress on these very important issues.
The newly-established community programme will investigate both the sources of stability and change in values and their consequences with the ultimate aim of understanding how we can sustain social cohesion in the face of changing attitudes, faster migration, globalization and crime.
Below are some of the projects currently being undertaken by the Community Programme If you are interested in this area of research please do contact Alan Manning.
Most people have a desire to be thought well of by others, and this desire can sustain pro-social behaviour. So what is admired by people is likely to be encouraged. Since the late 1940s Gallup have, every year, asked Americans who is the living man and woman they most admire. This project will analyse the micro data underlying these polls to investigate whether there are trends in the type of people who are most admired and to offer explanations for any trends found.
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