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Curriculum Vitae

Current Position

October 2009-Present

Early Career Research Fellow

Institute of Advanced Study, University of Warwick


2006-2009 The University of Warwick, Coventry

PhD in Psychology

My thesis used subjective well-being data to answer questions that border psychology and economics. By applying psychological concepts to economics my thesis explored the relationship between occupational status and health; how income rank and social comparisons can affect individual happiness; and also how relatively unimportant income is at alleviating psychological distress when compared to psychological therapy. My thesis also identified ways in which personality measures could be introduced into economics.

2005-2006 The University of Warwick, Coventry

MSc in Economics

My dissertation looked at the influence of relative income on migration.

2002-2005 The University of Surrey, Guildford

BSc in Economics

1st Class degree with honours.

Funding Awards

Institute of Advanced Studies Early Career Fellowship (6 months part-time award) ~ £3,500

1 + 3 ESRC Studentship Award (Economics department quota award) ~ £50,000

Research Papers


Boyce, C. J., Brown, G. D. A., & Moore, S. C. (in press). Money and happiness: Rank of income, not income, affects life satisfaction, Psychological Science

Boyce, C. J., & Wood, A. M. (in press). Money or mental health: The cost of alleviating psychological distress with monetary compensation versus psychological therapy, Health Economics, Policy and Law

Boyce, C. J. (2010). Understanding fixed effects in human well-being, Journal of Economic Psychology, 31(1), 1-16

Working Papers

Do people become healthier after being promoted?, IZA Discussion Paper No 3894 (with Andrew Oswald)

Income rank and upward comparisons, The Warwick Economics Research Paper Series No 883 (with Gordon Brown)


Which personality types have the highest marginal utilities of income? - IAREP/SABE conference, Halifax, Canada (July 2009)

Do people become healthier after being promoted? - The Royal Economic Society conference, Guildford, UK (April 2009)

Does Higher Status Make a Person Healthier? A Longitudinal Test of the Whitehall Hypothesis – Presented at the Labour Economics Seminar, Department of Economics, University of Warwick, UK (November 2007) and as an internal seminar to the Department of Psychology, University of Warwick, UK (May 2008)

((PDF Document) - Chris Boyce CV)