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Financial Times
Winners and Losers in the Happiness Stakes (15 Mar 2005)
The fascinating new book by Richard Layard, the British economist, argues that we should make happiness, not growth, the object of our economic policies. At first sight, there is not a lot of difference - the countries with the highest productivity are also the happiest. But on closer inspection, there are interesting differences.
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Eastern Daily Express
So how happy are we really? (08 Mar 2005)
The Government is planning to compile a 'Happiness Index' by 2010, but how do you measure happiness? According to Professor Richard Layard, LSE, we are no happier now than we were 50 years ago.
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The Guardian
Blair's Green antidote to beating the blues (08 Mar 2005)
The Government's Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs is planning to compile a wellbeing index, which includes a number of factors other than income (neighbourhood, mental health, access to green areas etc.) A book recently published by LSE professor Richard Layard argues that we are no happier now than 50 years ago.
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BBC Radio 4
The Today Programme (07 Mar 2005)
Richard Layard, talking about his latest book, Happiness: Lessons on a new science.
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The Guardian
Life, Labour and the pursuit of happiness (07 Mar 2005)
Happiness is all the rage. The year kicked off with a big conference in the United States on the subject, then Professor Richard Layard, LSE, published a book on it and now the government is getting into it. Professor Layard thinks happiness should become the biggest goal for the government. He suggests things such as compulsory parenting classes and lessons in emotional intelligence from the age of five onwards.
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Western Daily Press
Make life smiles better instead of just making miserable money (05 Mar 2005)
Review of 'Happiness: Lessons From A New Science', the book by LSE Professor Richard Layard in which he argues that, in spite of higher levels of income, we are no happier than we were 50 years ago.
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The Financial Times
Joy divisions (05 Mar 2005)
Review of the book by leading economist Richard Layard, Happiness: Lessons on a new science on the relation between increasing wealth and decreasing happiness in the Western World. The article’s author interviewed Mr Layard in his LSE office.
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Independent on Sunday
TV, MMR and others (27 Feb 05)
Television makes people happier, not more violent. Reference to research by Richard Layard on happiness.
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Business Report, South Africa
Why Manuel strives to improve gross domestic happiness (22 Feb 05)
Reference to work by Richard Layard on happiness.
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Happiness is no laughing matter (16 Feb 05)
Richard Layard, LSE, in Happiness: lessons from a new science, calls for no less than a revolution at academic, governmental and individual levels, as well as greater altruism and compassion in society at large. 'Happiness should become the goal of policy, and the progress of national happiness should be measured and analysed as closely as the growth of GNP,' declares Layard.
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Washington Post, US
Happy Yet? (15 Feb)
Interview with Richard Layard, LSE, about his new book Happiness.
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Sunday Herald
Smile ... why happiness is better than riches (14 Feb 05)
In his new book Happiness, Richard Layard, who advised the Labour Party on unemployment issues from 1997 to 2001 and who is founder of the Centre for Economic Performance at LSE, urges the government to monitor our happiness as closely as it monitors gross domestic product. Only by doing this, he says, can the government produce sound economic and social policies which will make for a happy and healthy society.
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Brookings Briefing
Happiness: Lessons from a New Science (09 Feb 05)
A discussion between Richard Layard and Stanley Fischer (Vice Chairman, Citigroup), moderator Carol Graham (Senior Fellow and Co-Director, Center on Social and Economic Dynamics, Brookings)
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Washington Times
Catering to least happy? (30 Jan 2005)
A review by Roger Miller - What shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? - Luke 9:25. Or, as Richard Layard puts it in secular, supranational terms in 'Happiness: Lessons From a New Science,' what good is it if Western societies get richer and richer but their populations become no happier?
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Business Week
Are the wealthy really happier? (28 Jan 05)
In his book entitled Happiness, Lord Richard Layard, LSE, says economic growth can have negative consequences that may cancel out the gains.
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BBC News Online
Why money doesn't buy happiness (27 Jan 05)
If getting rich makes us happy, then why don't countries as a whole get happier as they grow wealthier? Lord Layard, professor at LSE and author of the book Happiness, quoted.
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Can't buy it? (15 Jan 05)
Review of Richard Layard's Happiness: lessons from a new science.
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The Financial Times
Letters To The Editor: Consumption is no friend of happiness (08 Dec 2004)
By Carolyn Hayman

Anyone familiar with Richard Layard's excellent London School of Economics lectures on happiness will know that we hyperconsumers are being sold a false prospectus.

Consumption does not lead to happiness, which rests on such mundane things as relationships, health and personal fulfilment. But unlike Mr Tomkins, I am not convinced that hyperconsumption will catch on.
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The Financial Times
Struggle to keep up with the Joneses: (25 Oct 2004)
Increasing complaints from high earners that they are finding it harder to make ends meet owe more to expectations than incomes, writes Scheherazade Daneshkhu
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The Daily Telegraph
Notebook: Never have so many prawns died so pointlessly (08 Sep 2004)
As it happens, in his new book on happiness, Richard Layard produces convincing evidence that happiness is a measurable phenomenon. The brain lights up; all people, in all societies, speaking all languages, seek the same thing.
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Behind the Smile (26 Jul 2004)
Can poor people be more self-satisfied than the rich? New clues to an old mystery.
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The Guardian
A hedonist's charter (09 Apr 2004)
Money does not bring contentment. So how do you forge a politics where happiness is the priority?
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The Sydney Morning Herald
If we must work longer, make it more satisfying (10 Mar 04)
The economists have pushed productivity to the point where it's made work less satisfying, writes Ross Gittins. Link to article

BBC Online
The pursuit of happiness (with or without kids) (14 Nov 2003)
Convention tells us the route to happiness is having children. So does the declining birth rate mean we are more miserable these days? Not according to a new report, which finds there is plenty of happiness in staying childless.
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BBC4: The Talk Show
Money and Happiness (07 Apr 03)
Jonathan Freedland is joined by Professor Richard Layard, co-director of the Centre for Economic Performance at the London School of Economics, who addressed the subject of happiness and economics in his 2003 Lionel Robbins Memorial Lectures
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The Observer
In pursuit of true happiness (09 Mar 2003)
Will Hutton - Money might make the world go round, but earning it is making us increasingly miserable.
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The Guardian
Money and happiness (7 Mar 2003)
Polly Toynbee - The evidence is clear: our wellbeing depends on cooperation and the public good, not personal enrichment
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The Guardian
The case for happiness (6 Mar 2003)
Leader - Lord Layard sets new policy priorities
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