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Wellbeing: science and policy

Jan-Emmanuel De Neve (Oxford and CEP), Richard Layard (CEP)

Monday 06 March 2023 18:30 - 20:00

Old Theatre, Ground Floor, Old Building, LSE, Houghton Street, London WC2A 2AE

About this event

What produces a happy society and a happy life?

This event marks the launch of the first field-defining book on the economics of wellbeing. Authored by Richard Layard and Jan-Emmanuel De Neve (with illustrations by David Shrigley) "Wellbeing: Science and Policy" contains a wealth of examples and practical advice, as well as giving readers a solid grounding in theory.

The book's findings are profoundly relevant to all social sciences, including psychology, economics, politics, behavioural science and sociology. This is the first field-defining text on a new science that aims to span the whole of human life. It will be an invaluable resource for undergraduates and graduate students, as well as policymakers and employers who will be able to apply its insights in their professional and private lives.

At the end of this event, there will be an opportunity to purchase the textbook and have it signed by the authors.

"The best book I have read in a long time - a fount of knowledge and an inspiring call to action." Daniel Kahneman, Nobel Prize winner.


Richard Layard is co-director of the community wellbeing programme in the Centre for Economic Performance at LSE.
Jan-Emmanuel De Neve is a professor at the University of Oxford where he directs the Wellbeing Research Centre.
Baroness Minouche Shafik (chair) is the president and vice chancellor of the London School of Economics and Political Science, and former deputy governor of the Bank of England.


Participants are are expected to adhere to the CEP Events Code of Conduct.

This event will take place in Old Theatre, Ground Floor, Old Building, LSE, Houghton Street, London WC2A 2AE.

The building is labelled OLD on the map.

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