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Richard Layard

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Layard, Richard (2003) Happiness: Has Social Science a Clue? Lionel Robbins Memorial Lectures, delivered on 3, 4 and 5 March 2003 (downloaded over 1.1 million times). ( ) and

Layard, Richard (2005; second edition 2011) Happiness: Lessons from a New Science, Penguin (which has been reprinted in 20 languages and sold over 150,000 copies). Details: Available from LSE

Layard, Richard, Guy Mayraz and Stephen Nickell (2010) ‘Does Relative Income Matter? Are the Critics Right?’, in International Differences in Well-Being edited by Ed Diener, John Helliwell and Daniel Kahneman, Oxford University Press. (Chapter in book: Available from LSE

Layard, Richard, Stephen Nickell and Guy Mayraz (2008) ‘The Marginal Utility of Income’, in ‘Happiness and Public Economics’, Journal of Public Economics 92(8-9): 1846-57.

Clark, Andrew, Richard Layard and Claudia Senik (2012) ‘The Causes of Happiness and Misery’, in World Happiness Report edited by John Helliwell, Richard Layard and Jeffrey Sachs, Columbia UP: 58-89

Dolan, Paul, Richard Layard and Robert Metcalfe (2011) Measuring Subjective Well-being for Public Policy, ONS. (

Layard, Richard, David Clark, Martin Knapp and Guy Mayraz (2007) ‘Cost-benefit Analysis of Psychological Therapy’, National Institute Economic Review 202: 90-98. (Requires a subscription:

Clark, David, Richard Layard, Rachel Smithies, David Richards, Rupert Suckling and Benjamin Wright (2009) ‘Improving Access to Psychological Therapy: Initial Evaluation of Two UK Demonstration Sites’, Behaviour Research and Therapy 47(11): 910-20. (

Challen, Amy, Stephen Machin, Philip Noden and Anne West (2011) Evaluation of the UK Resilience Programme, Final Report (for the Department for Education). ( )

Steedman, Hilary (2010) The State of Apprenticeship in 2010: International Comparisons - Australia, Austria, England, France, Germany, Ireland, Sweden, Switzerland. A Report for the Apprenticeship Ambassadors Network, CEP Special Paper No. 22. ( )

Announcement of John Templeton Foundation award to investigate enjoyment of life:

Evidence of impact

Wellbeing as a goal of UK public policy (including measurement) – Lord Gus O’Donnell, former Cabinet Secretary. Also, ONS Website: Society Wellbeing and Guidance and Methodology section (includes CEP contributions).

‘Therapy deficit’, Nature, 27 September 2012, 489: 473-4.

Polly Toynbee, ‘It is not fanciful to make the pursuit of happiness a political imperative‘, The Guardian, 16 June 2006:

The UK Resiliency Programme – Professor Martin Seligman (University of Pennsylvania).Publication: The state of happiness: Can public policy shape people’s wellbeing and resilience?, 2010, The Young Foundation.

The Apprenticeship Act 2009 Nick Pearce, Director of IPPR, former Head of the Policy Unit at No 10. Also, Report: Apprenticeship: a key route to skill, House of Lords Select Committee on Economic Affairs, 5th Report of Session 2006–07.

The Good Childhood Report A Good Childhood, Richard Layard and Judy Dunn, Penguin, 2009. Press coverage:

OECD wellbeing measures and ‘Guidelines on measuring subjective well-being’, published in 2013:

The UN and Sustainable Development Goals World Happiness Report, 2012:

World Economic Forum Report: Well-being and Global Success, 2012.

Action for Happiness and media culture. Anthony Seldon (Master, Wellington College)

Press coverage of the activities of the Wellbeing Programme since 2005:

Relevant video and audio

Gearty Grilling with Richard Layard, 15 January 2015:

‘Thrive: the power of evidence-based psychological therapies’, LSE Event with Richard Layard, Oxford Professor David M. Clark and Andrew Marr (July 2014):

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