World Wellbeing Panel

What is the World Wellbeing Panel?

The World Wellbeing Panel promotes wellbeing as the ultimate purpose of all major decision makers, particularly government.

To this end, we ask an international panel of experts questions of relevance to wellbeing policy. The answers are given on personal title. This poll fosters debates about policy in terms of its impacts on wellbeing, which over time should lead to better policies and decisions.

The panel launched in 2016 as part of the Wellbeing Program at the LSE Center for Economic Performance (CEP) under Professor Paul Frijters. It is now directed by Professor Ada Ferrer-i-Carbonell (IAE-CSIC and Barcelona GSE).

How is the survey run?

Questions are selected from a prior list suggested by our experts, policy makers, and journalists. The questions are vetted for language and suitability. Then they are sent out to 40-50 international experts who can express their agreement or disagreement with the question, and provide a short explanation of their answers.

The results of the poll are then written up by World Wellbeing Group members, after which they are disseminated amongst journalists, politicians, and anyone on the dissemination list.

Managing Committee

World Wellbeing Panel members

The World Wellbeing Panel includes economists, sociologists, behavioral scientists, and public policy experts from institutions in Australia, Canada, Chile, France, Germany, India, Italy, Luxembourg, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, South Korea, Sweden, Switzerland, Spain, the United Kingdom, and the United States.

Alpaslan Akay
Associate Professor of Economics, University of Gothenburg (Sweden)
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Anna Alexandrova
Senior Lecturer in Philosophy of Science, University of Cambridge (UK)
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Chris Barrington-Leigh
Assistant Professor, McGill University (Canada)
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Stefano Bartolini
Professor of Economics at the University of Sienna (Italy)
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portraitTony Beatton
Visiting Fellow, Queensland University of Technology - QUT (Australia)
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Leonardo Bechetti
Professor of Economics, University of Rome Tor Vergata (Italy)
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Daniel Benjamin
Associate Professor of Economics, University of Southern California (USA)
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Martin Binder
Professor of Socio-Economics, Bundeswehr University Munich (Germany)
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Christopher Boyce
Honorary Research Fellow, University of Stirling and Wellbeing Economy Alliance Research Fellow (UK)
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Andrew Clark
Professor of Economics, Paris School of Economics (France)
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Conchita D'Ambrosio
Professor of Economics, Université du Luxembourg
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Jan-Emmanuel De Neve
Associate Professor of Economics and Strategy, University of Oxford (UK)
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Jan Delhey
Professor of Sociology, University of Magdeburg (Germany)
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Richard Easterlin
Professor of Economics, University of Southern California (USA)
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Ada Ferrer-i-Carbonnell
Professor of Economics, IAE-CSIC (Spain)
Affiliated Professor, Barcelona Graduate School of Economics
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Gigi Foster
Associate Professor and Undergraduate Coordinator, School of Economics, UNSW Business School (Australia)
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Bruno Frey
Visiting Professor of Economics and Wellbeing, University of Basel (Switzerland)
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Paul Frijters
Professorial Research Fellow, CEP Wellbeing Programme, London School of Economics (UK)
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Carol Graham
Leo Pasvolsky Senior Fellow, Brookings Institution
Professor at the School of Public Policy, University of Maryland (USA)
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Arthur Grimes
Chair of Wellbeing and Public Policy, School of Government, Victoria University of Wellington (New Zealand)
Senior Fellow, Motu Economic and Public Policy Research
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Dan Haybron
Professor of Philosophy, Saint Louis University (USA)
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Ori Heffetz
Associate Professor of Economics, Cornell University and Hebrew University (USA)
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John Helliwell
Professor Emeritus of Economics, University of British Columbia (Canada)
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Arie Kapteyn
Professor of Economics, University of Southern California (USA)
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Andreas Knabe
Professor (Chair in Public Economics), Otto-von-Guericke-University Magdeburg (Germany)
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Christian Krekel
Assistant Professor in Behavioural Science, London School of Economics (UK)
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Richard Layard
Professor of Economics, London School of Economics (UK)
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Darma Mahadea
Associate Professor and Honorary Research Fellow at the University of Kwazulu-Natal (South Africa)
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Debayan Pakrashi
Assistant Professor of Economics, Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur (India)
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Steven Pinker
Johnstone Family Professor of Psychology, Harvard University (USA)
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Anke Plagnol
Lecturer in Psychology (Behavioural Economics), City University, London (UK)
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Nick Powdthavee
Professor of Behavioural Science, Warwick Business School, University of Warwick (UK)
Associate, Wellbeing Programme, CEP
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Eugenio Proto
Alec Cairncross Professor of Applied Economics and Econometrics, University of Glasgow, Adam Smith Business School (UK)
Research Fellow at CEPR, IZA, CESifo
Maurizio Pugno
Full Professor of Economics, University of Cassino (Italy)
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Jordi Quoidbach
Associate Professor of Behavioral Decision Making in the Department of People Management, ESADE Business School (Spain)
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RojasBenjamin Radcliff
Professor of Political Science at the University of Notre Dame (USA)
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Mariano Rojas
Professor of Economics, Universidad Popular Autónoma del Estado de Puebla (Mexico)
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Francesco Sarracino
Economist, Research Division of the Statistical Office of Luxembourg -STATEC (Luxembourg)
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Ronnie Schöb
Professor, School of Business and Economics, Freie Universität Berlin
Research Professor, ifo Institute, Dresden Branch (Germany)
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Daniel Sgroi
Associate Professor of Economics, University of Warwick (UK)
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Alois Stutzer
Professor of Political Economics, University of Basel (Switzerland)
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William Tov
Associate Professor of Psychology, Singapore Management University (Singapore)
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Wenceslao Unanue
Assistant Professor, Business School, Universidad Adolfo Ibáñez (Chile)
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Bert Van Landeghem
Lecturer in Economics, University of Sheffield (UK)
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Ruut Veenhoven
Professor of Sociology, Erasmus University Rotterdam (Netherlands)
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Maarten Vendrik
Senior Assistant Professor, Economics Department, Maastricht University (Netherlands) 
Associate, ROA, Maastricht University School of Business and Economics
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Shun Wang
Professor of Economics, KDI School of Public Policy and Management (South Korea)
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Heinz Welsch
Professor of Economics, University of Oldenburg (Germany)
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portraitRainer Winkelmann
Professor of Economics, University of Zurich (Switzerland)
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Mark Wooden
Professorial Research Fellow and Director of the HILDA Survey Project, Melbourne Institute, Applied Economic and Social Research, Faculty of Business and Economics, University of Melbourne (Australia)
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Stephen Wu
Professor of Economics, Hamilton College (USA)
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Homa Zarghamee
Assistant Professor of Economics, Barnard College, Columbia University (USA)
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