What works to improve our wellbeing from birth, through childhood, adolescence and adulthood, until we reach the end of our lives?

Our evidence programme is an ambitious, but achievable, attempt to provide policy-makers with the most reliable reviews of evidence on improving wellbeing for all ages. It will also include comparisons of the costs of different wellbeing interventions.

The programme draws together economists, psychologists, social policy analysts, education and social care specialists among others. Our goal to draw together into one place all the available evidence for easy decision-making.


Wellbeing seminars

The Centre for Economic Performance (CEP) Wellbeing Programme, funded by the What Works Centre for Wellbeing, holds regular seminars in its Enjoyment of Life series. The aim is to foster an interdisciplinary debate involving economists, psychologists, other social scientists, epidemiologists and clinical scientists to evaluate the strength of evidence linking wellbeing, biology, and health, the suitability of different research paradigms, and the social and health implications of this work. Each seminar will consist of a research presentation followed by discussion, with refreshments. [Past seminars]

Organised by Professors Paul Frijters, Richard Layard and Dr Jan-Emmanuel De Neve.

All seminars, unless otherwise stated, will be held at CEP, 2nd floor meeting room (2.04), 32 Lincoln’s Inn Fields, WC2A 3PH. Unless stated otherwise, seminars are held on Thursdays from 1:00pm – 2:15pm. Seminars are free and open to all – there is no need to register. you are an external visitor to LSE, please bring a copy of the email reminder with you.

More information

Upcoming seminars

Thursday 24 January 2019 13:00 – 14:15

To work or not to work? Pay inequality, unhappiness, and motivation
Jan-Emmanuel De Neve (Oxford and CEP) , joint with Filip Gesiarz (UCL)

Thursday 07 February 2019 13:00 – 14:15

How does happiness relate to economic behaviour?
Tom Lane (Nottingham)

Resources and previous seminars from this programme

8 March 2018
Subjective wellbeing and partnership dynamics: are same-sex relationships different?
Led by Jan Van Ours (Rotterdam)

22 February 2018
Happiness raised by raising awareness: Effect of using Day Reconstruction Method
Led by Ruut Veenhoven (Erasmus)

11 January 2018
Socially useless jobs
Robert Dur (Erasmus)

07 December 2017
Utility Misprediction and Life Decisions
Reto Odermatt (CEP and Basel)

02 November 2017
The use and abuse of wellbeing indexes as if wellbeing mattered for policy
Nicholas Gruen (Lateral Economics)

13 October 2016
Converting the life satisfaction question into QALYs. Do people trade life satisfaction for additional years of life?
Tessa Peasgood (University of Sheffield)

01 December 2016
The effect of green spaces on wellbeing
Christian Krekel (CEP)

09 February 2017
Diversity and Neighbourhood Satisfaction
Alan Manning (CEP)

16 February 2017
The Narrative Trap
Paul Dolan (LSE)


23 February 2017
Medical Marijuana Laws and Mental Health in the US
Alois Stutzer (University of Basel)

02 March 2017
Trust and Wellbeing
John Helliwell (UBC & NBER )

09 March 2017
Human Well-being and In-Work Benefits: A Randomized Controlled Trial
Andrew Oswald (IZA and University of Warwick)

27 April 2017
From Quantity to Quality: Delivering a Home-based Parenting Intervention through China’s Family Planning Workers
Nele Warrinnier (CEP & KU Leuven)

04 May 2017
Historical Analysis of National Subjective Wellbeing using Millions of Digitized Books
Daniel Sgroi (University of Warwick) , joint with Eugenio Proto

25 May 2017 
Fair Welfare Comparisons with Heterogeneous Preferences: Subjective versus Revealed Preferences
Olivier Bargain (Aix-Marseille University)

08 June 2017
How much of a problem is problem gambling?
Ian Walker (Lancaster University)

26 October 2017
Unequal Hopes, Lives, and Premature Mortality in the U.S.A.: The Role of Race, Place, and Well-Being
Carol Graham (Brookings Institute)