LSE Centre for Economic Performance: Happiness and Public Policy

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Happiness and Public Policy: http://cep.lse.ac.uk/_new/research/wellbeing/happiness.asp

For policy-makers to take subjective wellbeing seriously, we have to be able to show, in a quantitative way, what causes wellbeing and how wellbeing affects other things that policy-makers care about, like education and physical health. At present, we lack such an integrated life-course model, one which treats wellbeing both as an outcome of interest and as a causal determinant of other things. Our current research, funded by the UK Department for Work and Pensions and the US National Institute on Aging, is attempting to estimate such a model on a range of longitudinal data sources from Britain and elsewhere.

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