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[Photo: George WARD] Mr George WARD
Associate - Wellbeing
Email: g.ward@lse.ac.uk

Expertise: Applied Microeconomics, Behavioural Economics, Productivity, Management, Subjective Well-being, Happiness

Biography:

George is an Associate member of the Wellbeing Programme. He worked previously as a Research Economist at CEP and is now studying towards a PhD at MIT. Much of his work focuses on the economics of well-being and mental health. He is currently interested in well-being within the workplace, and more specifically how it relates empirically to both management and productivity. Previous work examined the disproportionate effects of negative as compared to positive economic growth on national levels of subjective well-being, the ways in which happiness data are predictive of voting behaviour and electoral outcomes, and the development of cognitive and non-cognitive skills during childhood.

Education:

  • PhD (in progress), MIT Sloan
  • MSc, UCL
  • BA, UCL

Selected Publications:

  • The Origins of Happiness: The science of wellbeing over the life course (forthcoming), Princeton University Press

CEP Publications

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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
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
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
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
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