Happiness for All? Unequal Hopes and Lives in Pursuit of the American Dream
Wednesday, 16 November 2016
The Legatum Institute’s Prosperity Index programme hosted a discussion with Carol Graham, Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution, and Sir (Gus) O'Donnell, former Cabinet Secretary. They discussed Graham's forthcoming book, Happiness for All? Unequal Hopes and Lives in Pursuit of the American Dream, and how to employ ‘Economics of Wellbeing’ to improve policy-making.
UK Cities ‘Failing to Provide Basic Life Chances’
Wednesday, 12 October 2016
Report shows rural areas enjoy better quality of life despite being poorer writes Federica Cocco with Harriet Maltby, Head of Policy Research-Prosperity Index at the Legatum Institute contributing. (Financial Times)
Homes Not Houses: Putting Wellbeing First
Thursday, 9 June 2016
The 'Architecture of Prosperity
' programme hosted a panel discussion to mark the publication of 'Housing the Mind', a new Legatum Institute essay. The event also launched a forthcoming study by Create Streets
, titled 'Heart in the Right Street', which looks at the links between specific components of the built environment and measurable wellbeing.
Housing the Mind
Thursday, 9 June 2016
What impact does the built environment have on our mental health? Psychiatrists Ciaran Abbey and TBS Balamurali are the authors of a new Legatum Institute study that explores the relationship between mental health and housing as a cornerstone from which humans can develop and flourish.
You Can't Prosper Just by Getting Richer
Saturday, 30 April 2016
How can a slum-dweller be happier than a City high-flyer? Because we have forgotten what matters: family, trust and charity, writes Cristina Odone, Director of the Centre for Character and Values at the Legatum Institute (The Times)
A Conversation with Nobel Prize-Winner, Angus Deaton
Saturday, 27 February 2016
The Legatum Institute was honoured to host Nobel Prize-winner and renowned economist, Professor Angus Deaton, as part of a meeting in Washington, DC with Prosperity Index advisors to discuss wealth creation and the many other drivers of prosperity.
The Prosperity Problem
Sunday, 5 July 2015
In a special report for Newsweek, the Legatum Institute's Prosperity Index reveals which countries fared best—and worst—following 'The Great Recession' of 2008.
What's the Secret of Career Happiness?
Monday, 19 January 2015
Can money buy happiness? Our 2014 Wellbeing and Policy report found four key factors that affect people's happiness at work (Guardian Careers blog)
Prosperity: GDP and Beyond
Friday, 21 November 2014
The Legatum Institute hosted world-renowned expert on wellbeing, health economics and economic development, Angus Deaton, at the Harvard Club in New York. He discussed his work on wellbeing and why efforts to measure personal wellbeing, such as the Legatum Prosperity Index, are important.
What’s Happening in Wellbeing?
Friday, 2 May 2014
Right now wellbeing is very topical. Around the world governments are beginning to warm up to the idea of measuring something more than just economic progress. Countries currently engaged in measuring wellbeing in some form include Germany, Australia, Bhutan, Ireland, France, Japan, Korea, China, Germany, Norway, Italy, Spain, Slovenia and, of course, the UK.
Wellbeing and Policy: How Important is Measuring Wellbeing for Our Wellbeing?
Friday, 21 March 2014
After a year of intensive research, the 'Wellbeing and Policy' report has been published. The report was launched in Berlin on 20 March 2014, at a joint event between the Legatum Institute and the Bertelsmann Foundation. Today (21 March 2014), the report was launched at the Legatum Institute in London, with a presentation of key findings by the report's authors.
Launch of the Commission on Wellbeing and Policy Report
Friday, 21 March 2014
The Legatum Institute hosted a livestreamed panel discussion to mark the launch of 'Wellbeing and Policy', a new report which aims to stimulate debate around if, and how, wellbeing analysis should influence government policy.
Wellbeing and Policy
Thursday, 20 March 2014
As part of a year-long commission, the 'Wellbeing and Policy' report seeks to illustrate the strengths and limitations of wellbeing analysis and provides original and authoritative guidance on the implications for public policy.
Is Scrooge Happy?—Reflections on Subjective Wellbeing in Dickens’ A Christmas Carol
Friday, 20 December 2013
“He had never dreamed of any walk, that anything, could give him so much happiness.” So wrote Dickens about Scrooge’s stroll on Christmas morning. He invites us to appreciate his rejuvenated state of mind, but can we really understand what makes people happy? Since Easterlin described his eponymous paradox in 1974 economists have tried to. So what can ' Christmas Carol' teach us about the science of happiness?
The Great Escape: Health, Wealth and the Origins of Inequality
Tuesday, 15 October 2013
Princeton University Professor of Economics and International Affairs, and Legatum Institute Wellbeing Commissioner, Angus Deaton gave a talk on his new book, 'The Great Escape: Health, Wealth and the Origins of Inequality'.
How Reliable is Survey Data?
Tuesday, 28 May 2013
This is one of the most common questions I get asked when talking about the Legatum Prosperity Index™. It’s usually followed by, “How can you actually measure happiness? Surely everyone’s levels of happiness will depend on their own situation.” My answer is yes, and no. Of course perceptions will differ from one country to the next. But these results can still yield information that is both useful and interesting.
Policy Uses of Subjective Wellbeing Data
Friday, 5 April 2013
In April, Zachary Courser gave a presentation on the policy uses of subjective wellbeing data (SWB) at a seminar in Mexico City, organised by the Latin American Social Sciences Institute, Mexico (FLACSO) and the National Institute of Statistics and Geography (INEGI).
"If you treasure something, you should measure it"
Tuesday, 11 September 2012
Gus O'Donnell, former UK Cabinet Secretary and Chair of the Legatum Institute's 'Commission on Wellbeing Policy', appeared on BBC Radio 3's Night Waves programme to discuss the value of happiness as a measure of our quality of life and overall prosperity.
Gus O'Donnell to Chair Legatum Institute Commission on Wellbeing Policy
Monday, 23 July 2012
LONDON—The Legatum Institute is establishing a high-level Commission to examine the policy implications of wellbeing research. The Commission on Wellbeing Policy will be chaired by Gus O'Donnell who, until late 2011, was the UK Cabinet Secretary, the highest-ranking official in the Civil Service.
Examining the State of Prosperity in Asia
Tuesday, 1 November 2011
Asia through the lens of the 'Legatum Prosperity Index', this report offers a number of unique insights as to how prosperity is forming and changing in the region.