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Staff Biography

[Photo: Nick POWDTHAVEE] Professor Nick POWDTHAVEE
Associate - Wellbeing
Email: N.Powdthavee@lse.ac.uk

Curriculum Vitae PDF 

Expertise: Economics of happiness; behavioural economics; applied microeconometrics


Professor Nattavudh (Nick) Powdthavee holds a joint position as a Professorial Research Fellow at the Melbourne Institute of Applied Economics and Social Research, University of Melbourne, and a Principal Research Fellow in the Well-Being research programme at the Centre for Economic Performance at the LSE. He obtained his PhD in Economics from the University of Warwick in 2006 and has held positions at the University of London, University of York, and Nanyang Technological University in Singapore. His research interests are quantitative social and behavioural sciences, and his research findings have been regularly discussed in the media, including the Financial Times, the Economist, and the London Times. He is the author of the popular economics book, The Happiness Equation: The Surprising Economics of Our Most Valuable Asset, Icon Books. For more details, see: www.powdthavee.co.uk

Current Areas of Research:

Happiness economics; behavioural economics; health economics; expert advice


  • BSc. in Economics and Management/Brunel University
  • MSc. in Economics/Warwick University
  • PhD. in Economics/Warwick University

Affiliations/Professional activities with other institutions:

  • The Melbourne Institute of Applied Economics and Social Research - Professorial Research Fellow
  • IZA - Research Associate

Selected Publications:

  • Putting different price tags on the same health problem: Re-evaluating the well-being valuation approach (with Bernard Van Den Berg), Journal of Health Economics, 30(5),1032-1043.

  • Destruction and distress: Using a quasi-experiment to show the effects of the September 11 attack on subjective well-being in the UK (with Robert Metcalfe and Paul Dolan), Economic Journal, 121(550), F81-F103.

  • Does happiness adapt? A longitudinal study of disability with implications for economists and judges, Journal of Public Economics, 92, 1061-1077. (with Andrew J Oswald)