Paul Dolan


Paul Dolan is Professor in the Department of Social Policy at the LSE. He has previously held academic posts at York, Newcastle, Sheffield and Imperial, and has been a visiting scholar at Princeton. There are two main themes to Paul's work. The first focuses on developing measures of happiness subjective well-being that can be used in policy, particularly in the valuation of non-market goods and in 'joining up' the impact of changes in health, crime, the environment etc. The second considers ways in which the lessons from behavioural economics can be used to understand and change individual behaviour. This work is focussing on the important role that situational factors play in influencing our behaviour. For both areas, Paul is interested in how field experiments can be used to provide us with robust evidence for policy appraisal. Paul has published in top economics, psychology, health and social science journals and has won research grants from a range of funding bodies, including the ESRC, AHRC and the British Academy. He was awarded a Philip Leverhulme Prize in Economics in 2002 for his contribution to health economics. Paul has been on many expert panels across government and he has advised various departments, including Defra, DH, DCLG and the Home Office. He was recently a seconded member of the Behavioural Insights Team in the Cabinet Office, and he is currently chief academic adviser on economic appraisal for the Government Economic Service.

Recent publications

For a full list of Paul's publications, please see his LSE Research Online| page