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Faculty of Social Sciences Public Lecture with Andrew Oswald

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Faculty of Social Sciences Public Lecture with Andrew Oswald

The Department of Economics are delighted to host our first public lecture in the Faculty of Social Science's lecture series with Andrew Oswald, Professor of Economics and Behavioural Science.

Societal Unhappiness and the Uncertain Future of Democracy

Date: Tuesday 30 April
Time: 5.30-6.30pm followed by a short drinks reception
Location: FAB0.03 

This event is open to the public.

About the Talk

Mental health and happiness are worsening through time in the United States*. Approximately 40% of citizens in Western Europe today report high levels of worry, and there is a continuing upward trend in ‘national worry’. These trends were visible before COVID, the invasion of Ukraine, and the conflict in Gaza, showing that something foundational and unrealised is happening within Western society. Measured levels of trust are declining quickly.

Andrew Oswald will discuss the nature of these concerning issues, exploring why an unhappy population puts a country's faith in government and the future of democracy at risk. He will leave plenty of time for questions and open discussion.

This lecture will be followed by a drinks reception, where you will have the opportunity to meet the speaker.

*Trends in Extreme Distress in the United States, American Journal of Public Health, 2020,110, 1538-1544.
*Unhappiness and Pain in Modern America, Journal of Economic Literature, 2019, 57, 385-402.

About the Speaker

Andrew Oswald is Professor of Economics and Behavioural Science at the University of Warwick. He has worked at Warwick for three decades. Recently, Andrew has been appointed Chair of a new Network Advisory Panel of the IZA Institute of Labour Economics in Bonn, Germany. His research is principally in applied economics and quantitative social science.

Since 2010 he has served on the board of reviewing editors of the journal Science. Andrew Oswald's recent work has included research on the behavioural science of climate change.


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