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Richard Layard

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About the author and department

Personal webpage:
http://cep.lse.ac.uk/_new/staff/person.asp?id=970

Economics Department:
http://www.lse.ac.uk/economics/home.aspx

Relevant research

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). (http://cep.lse.ac.uk/_new/events/event.asp?id=165 ) http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/47425/http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/47427/ and http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/47429/

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: https://www.penguin.co.uk/books/54928/happiness/ Available from LSE http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/35759/

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: http://books.google.co.uk/books?id=R77hWl1gaQsC&pg=PA139&lpg=PA139&dq=Does+Relative+Income+Matter?+Are+the+Critics+Right?&source=bl&ots=ESuDdEeFwW&sig=xxFAGlcNQrTifQ13HCV6SSyI_rk&hl=en&sa=X&ei=c4FNUvOzCvS00QWPmIGgDw&ved=0CEEQ6AEwAw#v=onepage&q=Does%20Relative%20Income%20Matter%3F%20Are%20the%20Critics%20Right%3F&f=false) Available from LSE http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/51616/

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. http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/51618/

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 http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/47487/

Dolan, Paul, Richard Layard and Robert Metcalfe (2011) Measuring Subjective Well-being for Public Policy, ONS. (http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/35420/1/measuring-subjective-wellbeing-for-public-policy.pdfhttp://eprints.lse.ac.uk/35420/

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: http://ner.sagepub.com/content/202/1/90.full.pdf+html) http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/3379/

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. (http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3111658/) http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/26894/

Challen, Amy, Stephen Machin, Philip Noden and Anne West (2011) Evaluation of the UK Resilience Programme, Final Report (for the Department for Education). (https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/197313/DFE-RB097.pdf ) http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/51617/

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. (http://cep.lse.ac.uk/pubs/download/special/cepsp22.pdf ) http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/47516/

Announcement of John Templeton Foundation award to investigate enjoyment of life:
http://www.lse.ac.uk/supportingLSE/yourGiftsInAction/newsArchive/TempletonCEP.aspx

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). http://www.ons.gov.uk/ons/guide-method/user-guidance/well-being/index.html

‘Therapy deficit’, Nature, 27 September 2012, 489: 473-4. http://www.nature.com/news/therapy-deficit-1.11477

Polly Toynbee, ‘It is not fanciful to make the pursuit of happiness a political imperative‘, The Guardian, 16 June 2006: http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2006/jun/16/comment.politics

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. http://youngfoundation.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/10/The-State-of-Happiness.pdf

The Apprenticeship Act 2009 Nick Pearce, Director of IPPR, former Head of the Policy Unit at No 10. http://www.legislation.gov.uk/ukpga/2009/22/notes/contents Also, Report: Apprenticeship: a key route to skill, House of Lords Select Committee on Economic Affairs, 5th Report of Session 2006–07. http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/ld200607/ldselect/ldeconaf/138/138.pdf

The Good Childhood Report A Good Childhood, Richard Layard and Judy Dunn, Penguin, 2009. Press coverage: http://cep.lse.ac.uk/_new/news/topic.asp?topic=a+good+childhood

OECD wellbeing measures http://www.oecdbetterlifeindex.org/ and ‘Guidelines on measuring subjective well-being’, published in 2013: http://www.oecd.org/statistics/guidelines-on-measuring-subjective-well-being.htm

The UN and Sustainable Development Goals World Happiness Report, 2012: http://www.earth.columbia.edu/sitefiles/file/Sachs%20Writing/2012/World%20Happiness%20Report.pdf

World Economic Forum Report: Well-being and Global Success, 2012. http://www3.weforum.org/docs/WEF_HE_GAC_WellbeingGlobalSuccess_Report_2012.pdf

Action for Happiness and media culture. Anthony Seldon (Master, Wellington College) http://www.actionforhappiness.org/.

Press coverage of the activities of the Wellbeing Programme since 2005: http://cep.lse.ac.uk/_new/news/programme.asp?resprog=9&submit=submit

Relevant video and audio

Gearty Grilling with Richard Layard, 15 January 2015: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J5IFbV0ZvRI

‘Thrive: the power of evidence-based psychological therapies’, LSE Event with Richard Layard, Oxford Professor David M. Clark and Andrew Marr (July 2014): http://www.lse.ac.uk/newsAndMedia/videoAndAudio/channels/publicLecturesAndEvents/player.aspx?id=2551

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