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Happiness: has social science a clue?

Lionel Robbins Memorial Lectures

Date: 3, 4, and 5 March 2003
Time: 6.00pm
Venue: Old Theatre, Old Building
Speaker: Professor Richard Layard

Monday 3rd March

What is Happiness and are we Getting Happier?

Chair: Gavyn Davies, Chairman, BBC 0

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Tuesday 4th March

Income and happiness: rethinking economic policy

Chair: Christopher Johnson

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Wednesday 5th March

What would make a happier society?

Chair: Adair Turner, Vice-Chairman, Merrill Lynch Holdings Ltd

Transcript (PDF)

People want to be happy. But do we know what makes them happy, and how society is best organised to promote happiness? We know more than is generally realised. These lectures will review evidence from economics, psychology, sociology and neuroscience and draw conclusions about what priorities would serve us better than those which are currently pursued.

Richard Layard is co-director of the Centre for Economic Performance at LSE. He has written widely on unemployment, inflation, education, inequality and post-Communist reform. Since 2000 he has been a member of the House of Lords.

These lectures are free and open to all with no ticket required. Entry is on a first come, first serve basis.

For further information please email events@lse.ac.uk or phone 020 7955 6043.