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photo: Layard Professor Richard Layard
Professor of Economics, London School of Economics

Understanding the effect of policy on national wellbeing

March 2017
Despite dozens of years of research, we still know precious little about what policies increase national wellbeing.Response
From clinical trials and field application, we know a great deal about how to treat depression and anxiety disorders (the biggest single cause of misery in rich countries). We know much less about how specific interventions could prevent these conditions. From naturalistic evidence (across countries, workplaces and individuals) we know a huge amount about the general condition conducive to high wellbeing but we lack good RCT evidence on the effects of specific changes.Disagree

In order to find out what raises national wellbeing, we need to have thousands of randomised controlled trials in all major areas of national policy.Response
See aboveAgree strongly