How to keep up wellbeing during the COVID-19 Pandemic

For half a decade the World Wellbeing Panel (WWP) has promoted wellbeing as the ultimate purpose of all major decision makers, particularly government. In mid April 2020, while locked in our homes in fear of contracting COVID-19, the World Wellbeing Panel experts were asked: “How to maintain well-being during isolation while facing huge emotional stress from the threat of the COVID-19 virus”. Their responses give us a global view of how to cope in these difficult times because they come from economists, psychologists and sociologists from around the world: Australia; Germany; Italy; Luxembourg; Netherlands; New Zealand; Spain; Sweden; Switzerland; United Kingdom, and; the USA. Of course, all these views come from the ‘Western’ developed world; it would be insightful to understand if views differ for people living in other cultures. 


List of respondents to this survey

  • Alpaslan Akay, Economist, University of Gothenburg, Sweden. 
  • Stefano Bartolini, Professor of Economics, University of Sienna, Italy. 
  • Tony Beatton, Institute for Social Science Research, University of Queensland, Australia.
  • Daniel Benjamin, Behavioral Economist & Genoeconomist, University of Southern California.
  • Christopher Boyce, Wellbeing Economy Alliance Research Fellow, UK.
  • Ada Ferrer-i-Carbonell, Barcelona Graduate School of Economics.
  • Gigi Foster, School of Economics, UNSW Business School, Australia. 
  • Paul Frijters, CEP Wellbeing Programme London School of Economics.
  • Arthur Grimes, Wellbeing and Public Policy, Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand.
  • Daniel Haybron, Vitali Chair in Philosophy, Saint Louis University, USA.
  • Ori Heffetz, Associate Professor of Economics, Cornell University and Hebrew University, USA 
  • Arie Kapteyn, Professor of Economics, University of Southern California (USA)
  • Christian Krekel, Psychological and Behavioural Science, London School of Economics. 
  • Anke Plagnol, Lecturer in Psychology (Behavioural Economics), City University, London (UK)
  • Eugenio Proto, Professor of Applied Economics University of Glasgow, UK.
  • Maurizio Pugno, Full Professor of Economics University of Cassino, Italy.
  • Jordi Quoidbach, Associate Professor of Behavioral Decision Making in the Department of People Management, ESADE Business School (Spain)
  • Benjamin Radcliff, Professor of Political Science at the University of Notre Dame, USA.
  • Francesco Sarracino, Economist, Research Division of the Statistical Office of Luxembourg.
  • Ronnie Schöb, Professor, School of Business and Economics, Freie Universität Berlin. 
  • Alois Stutzer, Professor of Political Economics, University of Basel, Switzerland.
  • Ruut Veenhoven Professor of Sociology, Erasmus University Rotterdam Netherlands. 
  • Maarten Vendrik,  Maastricht University School of Business and Economics, Netherlands.
  • Heinz Welsch, Professor of Economics, University of Oldenburg (Germany)
  • Rainer Winkelmann, Professor of Economics, University of Zurich (Switzerland)

About the World Wellbeing Panel