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Expertise: wellbeing, labour, unemployment, educational policy, happiness Can We Be Happier? Evidence and ethics with George Ward Most people now realise that economic growth, however desirable, will not solve all our problems.
Instead, we need a philosophy and a science which encompasses a much fuller range of human need and experience. This book argues that the goal for a society must be the greatest possible all round happiness, and shows how each of us can become more effective creators of happiness, both as citizens and in our own organisations Most people want more income. Yet as societies become richer, they do not become happier. This is not just anecdotally true, it is the story told by countless pieces of scientific research.
We now have sophisticated ways of measuring how happy people are, and all the evidence shows that on average More Thrive: The power of psychological therapy with David M. Clark Britain has become a world leader in providing psychological therapies thanks to the work of Richard Layard and David Clark.
This is both unjust and a false economy. This book argues for change How would policy change if well-being were the main objective? The Origins of Happiness seeks to revolutionize how we think about human priorities and to promote public policy changes that are based on what really matters to people. Drawing on a uniquely comprehensive range of evidence from longitudinal data on over one hundred thousand individuals in Britain, the United States, Australia, and Germany, the authors consider the key factors that affect human well-being.
More A Good Childhood: Searching for values in a competitive age with Judy Dunn Every day the newspapers lament the problems facing our children - broken homes, pressures to eat and drink, the stress of exams.
But is life really more difficult for children than it was, and if so why? And how can we make it better? The report, the fifth one to come out since , continues to gain global recognition as governments, organisations and civil society increasingly use happiness indicators to inform their policy-making decisions.
A Global Apollo Programme to combat climate change Authored by a group of leading scientists, economists and businessmen, this report sets out a major global research programme to make carbon-free baseload electricity less costly than electricity from coal, and to do it within 10 years. In the report, Wellbeing and Policy, commissioned by the Legatum Institute, the authors conclude that GDP is too narrow a measure of prosperity Nickell and Richard Jackman This broad survey of unemployment will be a major source of reference for both scholars and students.
It aims to provide a basis for better policy: showing how the lessons learned from experience and theory can be applied to greatly reduce the waste and misery of high unemployment There is a strong focus on how unemployed people are treated and how this affects unemployment. In it he argues that lifetime inequality is the basic inequality we should worry about. In this context education is a powerful instrument of redistribution, as well as a national investment.
Richard Layard is a labour economist who worked for most of his life on how to reduce unemployment and inequality. He is also one of the first economists to work on happiness, and his main current interest is how better mental health could improve our social and economic life.
Happiness and mental health He has always believed, like the 18th Century Enlightenment, that societies should be judged by the happiness of the people. And since the s he has urged fellow economists to return to the 18th and 19th century idea that public policy should maximise a social welfare function depending on the distribution of happiness.
In he wrote, according to Richard Easterlin, "the first paper to focus specifically on the policy implications of empirical research on happiness".
In he wrote Happiness: Lessons from a New Science, which was published in 20 languages. He continues to find significant effects of relative income on happiness and to emphasise the importance of non-income variables on aggregate happiness.
And in , his next co-authored book will be published by Princeton University Press, called The Origins of Happiness: The science of wellbeing over the life course. In particular he stresses the role of mental health and argues that psychological treatments ought to be much more widely available. Among other good effects, they pay for themselves through increased employment and reduced costs of other healthcare.
His work here, with the distinguished psychologist David M. Clark, has led within the English National Health Service to the creation of a major programme of Improving Access to Psychological Therapies IAPT which is now treating nearly half a million people a year, of whom a half recover during treatment.
In he co-authored the Good Childhood Report which emphasised the importance of early intervention to improve the mental health of children. He is also actively involved in promoting mental health in schools, through Healthy Minds , a 4-year secondary school curriculum in life skills being trialled in 30 schools.
In he wrote a popular book on mental health, Thrive , jointly with David M. The book argues that spending more money on helping people to recover - and stay well - would actually strengthen the economy.
Like many others, Layard has pushed governments to measure the wellbeing of the population and was delighted when the British Prime Minister David Cameron announced in November that wellbeing would be a major government objective and be regularly measured in the national statistics.
Click here for his speech at the Conference launching this initiative. Worldwide, there is now a search for new models of progress. The OECD has for some years been attempting to redefine progress, and in July the UN General Assembly advocated greater priority for policies that promote happiness.
Members from all backgrounds pledge to live so as to create as much happiness as they can and as little misery. The movement already more than 90, members from over countries.
Unemployment, skills and inequality On unemployment, in the s Layard and colleagues developed the Layard-Nickell model of how the level of unemployment is determined. This has become the most commonly used model by European economists and governments.
It assigns an important role to how unemployed people are treated, and provides the intellectual basis for the welfare-to-work policies introduced in many countries, including Britain, Germany and Denmark.
This was first published in and a second edition in shows how well the model predicts the development of unemployment in different countries since On inequality, his work shows the key role of education in influencing the income of individuals and families. He has been a lifelong advocate of better education including apprenticeship for less academic youngsters, and the case he made with Hilary Steedman have led to major increases in apprenticeships and the Apprenticeship Act.
Other roles In he founded the Employment Institute which has played a major role in pushing the ideas of welfare-to-work. From he was a part-time economic adviser to the Russian Government and from to a part-time consultant to the British government on welfare-to-work and vocational education. In the British government accepted his proposals on psychological therapy and since then he has as National Adviser been heavily involved in implementing the government programme of Improving Access to Psychological Therapies IAPT.
In , this was extended to cover children. In he was made a member of the House of Lords, and is currently a member of its Economic Affairs Committee. In Layard proposed, with six other colleagues, a Global Apollo Programme of internationally coordinated research to produce clean electricity cheaper than coal-based electricity within 10 years, which provided the model for Mission Innovation - the major international programme launched by Presidents Obama, Modi and Hollande at the UNFCCC in Paris in November Helliwell, R.
Layard and J. Sachs eds. World Happiness Report Update. World Happiness Report A life-course model of well-being " with A.
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Yozshugal He has always believed, like the 18th Century Enlightenment, that societies should be judged by the happiness of the people. Full paper Book — Penguin Publising Happiness: Nickell and Richard Jackman This broad survey of unemployment will be a major source of reference for both scholars and students. Searching for Values in a Competitive Age R. On inequality, his work shows the key role of education in influencing the income of individuals and families. The power kk evidence-based psychological therapies with David M.
Expertise: wellbeing, labour, unemployment, educational policy, happiness Can We Be Happier? Evidence and ethics with George Ward Most people now realise that economic growth, however desirable, will not solve all our problems. Instead, we need a philosophy and a science which encompasses a much fuller range of human need and experience. This book argues that the goal for a society must be the greatest possible all round happiness, and shows how each of us can become more effective creators of happiness, both as citizens and in our own organisations Most people want more income.
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