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Jan-Emmanuel De Neve.

Jan-Emmanuel De Neve


Expertise: behavioural economics, well-being, behavioural genetics, political economy


Professor Jan-Emmanuel De Neve is Professor of Behavioural Science and Economics at Saïd Business School and a Fellow of Harris Manchester College at the University of Oxford. Jan's research interests are in behavioural economics and political economy. The underlying theme throughout his research is the study of human wellbeing. This ongoing research agenda has led to new insights in the relationship between happiness and income, economic growth, and inequality. Significant new findings have also been published on the objective benefits of subjective wellbeing and in uncovering the genetic architecture of human wellbeing. Methodologically, Jan’s research is empirically applied and often employs experimental designs. Ongoing research includes field experiments in collaboration with national tax administrations that trial innovative procedures centered on transparency and participation with regards to public spending. These interventions aim to raise taxpayer satisfaction and also nudge taxpayers towards greater tax compliance. Jan has joined John Helliwell, Richard Layard, and Jeffrey Sachs as co-editor of the next World Happiness Report. He is also Deputy Principal Investigator for the ESRC What Works Centre for Wellbeing. He obtained his PhD from the LSE and was a Fulbright scholar at Harvard University. His research and commentary regularly feature in the media, including in The Economist, Financial Times, and on the BBC. He is a frequent speaker at academic and non-academic conferences including at PopTech and TED.

Current areas of research include:

  • The relationship between economic growth and well-being / The behavioral and psychological effects of eliciting taxpayer preferences / The objective benefits of subjective well-being / The behavioral genetics of subjective well-being