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Professor Paul Frijters

Paul Frijters completed his Masters in Econometrics at the University of Groningen, including a seven-month stay in Durban, South Africa before completing a PhD at the University of Amsterdam into wellbeing in Russia during the transition. He is now a Professorial Research Fellow at the Wellbeing Programme, Centre for Economic Performance, at the London School of Economics, and Director of the World Wellbeing Panel.

Professor Frijters specializes in applied micro-econometrics, including labor, happiness, and health economics, though he has also worked on pure theoretical topics in macro and micro fields. His main area of interest is in analyzing how socio-economic variables affect the human life experience.

Professor Frijters is a prominent research economist and has published over 70 papers in fields including unemployment policy, discrimination and economic development. He regularly commentates on economic issues in newspapers and on television, including articles in the New York Times and on the BBC.

Before joining the LSE, he was the Research Director of the Rumici Project, an international project into the migration from the countryside to the cities in China and Indonesia, sponsored by ministries, the World Bank, the Ford Foundation, and many others, tracking 20,000 individuals for many years.

In 2009 he was voted Australia's best young economist under 40 by the Australian Economic Society.

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Professor Nick Powdthavee

Prior to taking up his position as Professor of Behavioural Science at Warwick Business School, Nick held positions as Professorial Research Fellow at the University of Melbourne and Principal Research Fellow at the London School of Economics. He has also held positions at the Nanyang Technological University in Singapore, University of York, and the Institute of Education in London. He was awarded a Master and a PhD in Economics from the University of Warwick. He is a three-time TEDx speaker, and the author of the popular economics book called 'The Happiness Equation: The Surprising Economics of Our Most Valuable Asset'.

Nick has been working with Lord Richard Layard and the well-being team at the London School of Economics to advice policy makers about well-being and public policy. His research findings on the science of happiness are regularly discussed in the press, including appearances on the Financial Times, the Economist, Harvard Business Review, New York Times, and the Guardian. He has also given over fifty radio interviews and has appeared on several TV programmes to discuss findings on his happiness research.

His main areas of expertise are: The economics of happiness and its implications on public policy; Well-being in the workplace; and Behavioural economics and judgment and decision making related to well-being.

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Dr Tony Beatton

Tony is a Visiting Fellow in the School of Economics & Finance at the QUT Business School and a researcher in the Queensland Behavioural Economics Group (QuBE). He lectures and tutors Operations Management in the School of Management and tutors Statistics in the School of Economics of Finance. After a 30-year career in the Information Technology industry, he retired in 2003 and went back to school; completing a degree in Finance and Management, Masters by Research in Management (Trust development in newly forming teams) and a PhD (Economics of Happiness). Tony's research focusses on welfare, wellbeing and happiness.

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