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Guest lecture

Wellbeing Report seminar series: A conversation with John Helliwell on the use of subjective wellbeing to guide public policies

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Join Tim Ng, Strategic Economic Advisor at the Treasury, for a conversation with the leading economist and wellbeing researcher, Professor John Helliwell. John and Tim will explore how the concept and measurement of subjective wellbeing can transform how we think about impact when developing and advising on policies to improve wellbeing. As part of this conversation, John will share his expertise on developments in wellbeing economics in policy, and real-world cases where an understanding of subjective wellbeing has led to successful policy. John will also discuss his work on the role that social cohesion has played in wellbeing outcomes during the COVID-19 pandemic. There will be an opportunity for questions from the audience.

About the presenter

John F. Helliwell is Professor Emeritus in the Vancouver School of Economics at the University of British Columbia, and Distinguished Fellow of the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research. From 2006 to 2017 he directed (with George Akerlof) CIFAR’s program in Social Interaction, Identity and Well-Being. His books include Globalization and Well-Being (UBC Press 2002), Well-Being for Public Policy (OUP, with Diener, Lucas and Schimmack, 2009), International Differences in Well-Being (OUP, edited with Diener and Kahneman, 2010), all ten editions, 2012-2022, of the World Happiness Report, and (with Jon Hall) Happiness on a Healthier Planet, in Myers & Frumkin, eds. Planetary Health: Protecting Nature to Protect Ourselves (Island Press, 2020). Recent papers include one with Lara Aknin and others in Lancet Public Health entitled “Policy Stringency and Mental Health during the COVID-19 Pandemic: A longitudinal analysis of data from 15 countries”.

He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada and Officer of the Order of Canada.

Video recording

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Wellbeing Report seminar series

At Te Tai Ōhanga – The Treasury, we are developing the first Wellbeing Report - Te Tai Waiora that will be published in November 2022.

This online seminar is part of a Wellbeing Report programme of Guest lectures running in 2022 and 2023.

Last updated: 
Monday, 3 October 2022