Evening Salon / Tues 4 June / 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Once a niche line of investigation for a few unconventional economists, the Economics of Happiness is now the fastest growing field of enquiry within social sciences, concerned with the rigorous scientific examination of human wellbeing and life satisfaction.
Its pioneer, Professor Andrew Oswald, has been looking into the economic foundations of our felt wellbeing since the 1990s. Over the years he has come up with some staggering results, from the unnoticed role of fruits and vegetables in boosting our mood, to what makes us productive at work, or why getting old is the greatest aid to happiness there is.
If you think these findings have nothing to do with economics, let Andrew talk you through as he shares with us the latest developments and insights in his field. He will consider the key factors that shape our lives and levels of happiness, expose the effects of social media on our wellbeing, reflect on the deep links between mind and body, and ultimately leave you with a sense of having a better understanding of what lies behind happiness.
ABOUT THE SPEAKER
Andrew Oswald is Professor of Economics and Behavioural Science at the University of Warwick and has pioneered research into the economics of happiness. His research is in applied economics and quantitative social science. It currently includes the empirical study of job satisfaction, human happiness, unemployment, labour productivity, and the influence of diet on psychological well-being. He is an ISI Highly-Cited Researcher and is credited with helping to create the field now known as the economics of happiness, which is one of the fastest growing within social science. He serves on the board of editors of Science. Previously at Oxford and the London School of Economics, with spells as Lecturer, Princeton University (1983-4); De Walt Ankeny Professor of Economics, Dartmouth College (1989-91); Jacob Wertheim Fellow, Harvard University (2005); Visiting Fellow, Cornell University (2008); Research Director, IZA Bonn (2011-12); Visiting Fellow, University of Zurich (2016); Visiting Fellow, Yale University (2016).