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  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Expected online publication date: February 2023
  • Print publication year: 2023
  • Online ISBN: 9781009298957
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What produces a happy society and a happy life? Thanks to the new science of wellbeing, we can now answer this question using state-of-the-art empirical evidence. This transforms our ability to base our decisions on the outcomes that matter most, namely the wellbeing of us all including future generations. Written by two of the world's leading experts on the economics of wellbeing, this book shows how wellbeing can be measured, what causes it, and how it can be improved. The findings of the book are profoundly relevant to all social sciences, including psychology, economics, politics, behavioural science and sociology. This is the first field-defining text on a new science that aims to span the whole of human life. It will be an invaluable resource for undergraduate and graduate students, as well as policy-makers and employers who will be able to apply its insights in their professional and private lives.


‘Wellbeing: Science and Policy is a wonderful book by two giants in the field. It is a serious treatment of the potential - and limitations - of wellbeing metrics as analytical and scientific tools, as well as their many possible applications to policy frames and designs. It serves as an introduction to the field and is written in approachable language and with clarity of definition of technical areas. It is a book that will make a lasting contribution to the advancement and understanding of the new science of wellbeing.’

Carol Graham - Senior Fellow, The Brookings Institution and College Park Professor, The University of Maryland

‘There can be no doubt that this will become THE field defining textbook of the next decade. Anyone who wants to get into wellbeing research and policy simply must read it. Even if you don’t think wellbeing is your thing, you’ll have your mind changed or, in the very least, be smarter and happier from reading it.’

Paul Dolan - Professor of Behavioural Science, LSE, and author of Happiness by Design and Happy Ever After

‘Economists are the first to concede that Gross Domestic Product is, well, gross - a crude contributor to what really matters, human well-being. Richard Layard has been at the forefront of reorienting economics towards what really matters. In this book with Jan-Emmanuel De Neve, he presents the current state of this important rethinking.’

Steven Pinker - Johnstone Professor of Psychology, Harvard University, and the author of Enlightenment Now

‘A clear, thorough, and thoughtful survey of the key issues and major findings in the science of well-being that could - and should - inform public policy. Essential reading for anyone who wants to know what ‘making the world a better place’ really means.’

Daniel Gilbert - Edgar Pierce Professor of Psychology, Harvard University; author of the New York Times best-seller Stumbling on Happiness; host of the PBS television series This Emotional Life

‘Wellbeing and Policy’ is the best book I have read in a long time - a fount of knowledge and an inspiring call to action.’

Daniel Kahneman - Nobel Prize winner for his pioneering work in behavioural economics and author of the best-selling Thinking Fast and Slow

‘Fills a fundamental need.’

Robert Schiller - Nobel laureate


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