Press coverage and releases
Wednesday 21 September 2022
Professor Richard Layard has been honoured for his “pioneering contributions to the economics of happiness and subjective wellbeing” by information company Clarivate.
Professor Lord Layard, co-director of the community wellbeing programme and former director of the Centre for Economic Performance, was named alongside fellow wellbeing researchers Richard Easterlin, university professor emeritus of economics, University of Southern California, and Andrew Oswald, professor of economics and behavioural science, Warwick University.
The Citation Laureate award recognises individuals whose research publications are highly cited within the Web of Science™ database, which is owned by Clarivate.
Of the 396 world-class researchers recognised as citation laureates in the past 20 years, 64 have gone on to receive a Nobel Prize.
Professor Layard said: “Researchers should be thinking in terms of how they can make the world a better place. When they’ve got an insight, they need to be revealing it in a proactive way to people who can implement it – policymakers, leading business figures, leading figures in the educational world, wherever it is.”
Wednesday 6 July 2022
Our team at LSE recently analysed the findings from major longitudinal surveys in Britain, Germany, Australia and the US.1 The findings were similar in all these countries, and Figure 1 gives the results of a cross-sectional multiple regression equation for Britain...
Monday 4 July 2022
Four senior economists (Richard Layard, Jan-Emmanuel De Neve, Carol Graham and Gus O'Donnell) have issued a Manifesto for Wellbeing. They urge that people’s wellbeing should be the ultimate goal for governments, for business and for schools: “let’s put wellbeing first”.
To politicians they point out that voting in a general election is determined more by people’s wellbeing than by their economic situation. So Finance Ministers should insist that public money only goes to those policies which give the highest wellbeing bang for the buck...