LSE and Centre for Economic Performance
Richard Layard is a British labour economist, founder and programme director of the Centre for Economic Performance at the London School of Economics. He has been economic advisor of the British government and became a member of the House of Lords in 2000.
His early career focused on how to reduce unemployment and inequality. He was Senior Research Officer for the famous Robbins Committee on Higher Education, which led to the massive expansion of UK university education in the 1960s and 1970s. He is also one of the first economists to work on happiness, and his main current interest is how better mental health could improve our social and economic life. His work on this topic includes The Depression Report in 2006, leading to the establishment of the UK Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT), and he has co-edited the 2012 World Happiness Report.
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Monday, June 15, 2015 - 11.30am
How to make policy when happiness is the goal (download the slides)