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Modern Society and the Economics of Happiness

The Centre welcomed Professor Richard Easterlin (Professor of Economics, University of Southern California), Professor Andrew Clarke (Paris School of Economics) for a two strand event, the first taking place at the University of Warwick with an audience of students, academics and staff from across all areas of the University and the second taking place in Central London, chaired by Emma Duncan (Deputy Editor, The Economist) where the speakers were joined by members of the Policy Making community, Economists and Statisticians. The debate addressed the following questions: What are the appropriate goals for a modern society? Should economic growth be a major priority? How do we balance environmental concerns with the goal of higher GDP? What are the causes and policy implications of risky health behaviours? The event created much interest from both the Warwick Knowledge Centre and journalists, including Olaf Storbeck, the International Economics Correspondent with Handelsblatt, Germany's business daily who interviewed Professor Easterlin for his blog.

Modern Society and the Economics of Happiness

16:47 Tue 13 Dec 2011

Professor Andrew Oswald, Professor Richard Easterlin and Professor Andrew Clark discuss Modern Society and the Economics of Happiness.

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Economics

Professor Andrew Oswald - Modern Society and the Economics of Happiness

16:39 Tue 13 Dec 2011

Andrew Oswald is Professor of Economics at Warwick and Visiting Fellow at the IZA Institute in Bonn. He is an economist and quantitative social scientist. He has done research across the fields of economics, psychology, and epidemiology.

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Economics

Professor Andrew Clark - Modern Society and the Economics of Happiness

16:35 Tue 13 Dec 2011

Andrew Clark is CNRS Research Professor at the Paris School of Economics. One of Europe's most brilliant social scientists, Clark has done iconoclastic research across psychology, sociology and economics.

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Economics

Professor Richard Easterlin - Modern Society and the Economics of Happiness

16:33 Tue 13 Dec 2011

Richard Easterlin is Professor of Economics at the University of Southern California. He founded the economics of happiness. His ideas have overturned conventional post-war wisdom and have shaped the evolving move away from GDP measures.

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Economics