Methods, measures and wellbeing economics

About Methods, measures and wellbeing economics

Traditionally, economics is a social science primarily concerned with production, consumption, and transfer of wealth.

More pluralist approaches to economics draw on diverse voices, perspectives and approaches to understand how to organise society to achieve broader goals, such as ensuring sustainable, resilient and inclusive economies.

Wellbeing economics is about using science and evidence to organise society in a way that optimises wellbeing outcomes.

Our work in this area aims to support you to:

  • use and understand the wellbeing data and measures that now exist 
  • develop the methodology for using wellbeing data and evidence in decision-making, including the field of wellbeing economics.
  • increase the use of comparable measures across sectors and disciplines.

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Book Launch – A Handbook for Wellbeing Policy-Making
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Wellbeing – past, present, and future
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Jan 27, 2021 | By Jennifer Wallace, Ben Thurman and Hannah Ormston - Carnegie UK Trust
Putting wellbeing into policy: where to begin?
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Jan 7, 2021 | By Patricia Curmi
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Where to find and create wellbeing data?

Map of wellbeing inequality across Great Britain 2017 

How to create and use your own wellbeing data

What analysis has been done? 

Analysis of ONS4 

Culture and sport 

Analysis in these topics are often most usefully use experiential measures of wellbeing.  Time Use surveys are also useful for this area.  Using this approach is helpful for improving time use for better wellbeing, and understanding how you improve positive mood or purpose 

 See more in Prof Paul Dolan’s Definitions and measures discussion paper.

It takes a similar approach to Mappiness data and papers or this Happy Place practice example.

Work and learning

Life course analysis and cost effectiveness with LSE Centre for Economic Performance 


What does the analysis tell us? 

Economic appraisal and valuation  

Related discussion

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