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.

All-Party Parliamentary Group on Wellbeing Economics

The What Works Centre of Wellbeing is the secretariat for the APPG on Wellbeing Economics. The group seeks to highlight how wellbeing serves as a valuable and pragmatic framing for making policy decisions and for setting a vision for the UK, which can benefit people and communities.

Minutes and reports are available to download from the APPG website


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  31 October 2019 

Do people remember how much happy they were?

Alberto Prati (AMU)

Thursday  07 November 2019

Developing technologies for health, mental health and wellbeing

Rafael Calvo (Imperial)

Thursday  14 November 2019 

How do buildings affect our wellbeing?

Koen Steemers (Cambridge)

Thursday  21 November 2019 

Economic analysis of happiness data: a simple truth about happiness scales

Ekaterina Oparina (University of Surrey)

Thursday  28 November 2019 

All I have to do is dream? The role of aspirations for intergenerational mobility and wellbeing

Warn Lekfuangfu (Universidad Carlos III de Madrid)

Previous seminars

The Centre has been funding the CEP Wellbeing programme since 2016 with seminars covering topics like:

  • Diversity and Neighbourhood Satisfaction – Alan Manning (CEP)
  • Subjective wellbeing and partnership dynamics: are same-sex relationships different? – Led by Jan Van Ours (Rotterdam)
  • Trust and Wellbeing – John Helliwell (UBC & NBER )
  • Human Well-being and In-Work Benefits: A Randomized Controlled Trial – Andrew Oswald (IZA and University of Warwick)
  • Wellbeing and Female Empowerment: Evidence from Changes in German Naturalisation Laws – Paul Frijters (CEP/LSE)
  • What matters for wellbeing? An information theory approach – Jessica Milligan (Oxford)

Resources and previous seminars from this programme