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Paul Dolan.

Paul Dolan


Expertise: field experiments, happiness, public policy, well-being behavioural economics

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Professor Paul Dolan is Professor of Behavioural Science and Director of the Executive MSc Behavioural Science at the LSE. He is a health economist turned behavioural scientist working at the intersection of economics and psychology, with a bit of philosophy thrown in. His academic career was forged in the North of England at the Universities of York, Newcastle and Sheffield. He was then a Visiting Research Scholar at Princeton University with Daniel Kahneman before coming home to London, first at Imperial College and then at the LSE.

Current areas of research include:

  • Developing measures of happiness and subjective wellbeing that can be used in policy and by individuals looking to be happier. He wrote the questions that are currently being used by the Office for National Statistics in the UK to monitor national wellbeing.
  • Considering ways in which the lessons from the behavioural sciences can be used to understand and change individual behaviour, and to add to the evidence base in this regard. He was an author of the MINDSPACE report for the UK Cabinet Office.
  • Using lab and field experiments to bring together (1) and (2) above.