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Staff Biography

[Photo: Christian KREKEL] Dr Christian KREKEL
Research Officer - Wellbeing
Tel:  020 7955 3597
Email: c.krekel@lse.ac.uk
Room/Desk: 32L 2.24 E  

Curriculum Vitae PDF 

Expertise: Environmental Economics, Labour Economics, Policy and Programme Evaluation, Applied Microeconometrics, Spatial Analysis


I am a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow at the Centre for Economic Performance, London School of Economics, and a Consultant at the World Bank. I am an applied economist: my research fields are environmental and labour economics, policy and programme evaluation, and applied microeconometrics, with a particular focus on spatial analysis. My PhD in Economics was completed at the Paris School of Economics in the autumn of 2017. I am primarily interested in how our natural, built, or organisational environment affects our lives – specifically our behaviour, health, and (ultimately) our well-being. My work is aimed at informing evidence-based policy on how to improve these outcomes in a cost-effective manner. For my work, I have been awarded the FEEM Award (Young Economist Award) by the European Economic Association.


  • PhD in Economics, Paris School of Economics
  • MSc in Economic History, London School of Economics
  • MSc in Economics, Trinity College Dublin


  • FEEM Award (Young Economist Award) at 2014 Annual Conference of the European Economic Association

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CEP Publications

CEP Discussion Paper
A Local Community Course that Raises Mental Wellbeing and Pro-Sociality Jan-Emmanuel De Neve, Daisy Fancourt, Christian Krekel and Richard Layard
June 2019
Paper No' CEPDP1630:
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JEL Classification: C93; I12; I31

Tags: wellbeing; pro-social behaviour; communities; intervention; rct

CEP Discussion Paper
Employee Wellbeing, Productivity and Firm Performance Jan-Emmanuel De Neve, Christian Krekel and George Ward
March 2019
Paper No' CEPDP1605:
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JEL Classification: I31; J24; J25

Tags: employee satisfaction; engagement; employee productivity; firm performance; wellbeing; meta-analysis

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