10 March 2010
WBS Seminar - Professor Andrew Oswald
Free Event • Registration Not Required
Emotional Prosperity: Biomarkers, Economics and the Stiglitz Commission on Human Progress
The presentation will discuss the idea of emotional prosperity. It will suggest how we should measure that in the century to come. It will describe the recommendations of the Stiglitz Commission, on which the author sits, which was set up by Nicolas Sarkozy to review for the future the way in which human progress ought to be measured. In an industrialized country where everyone has enough food, nearly all jobs are clean and safe, and mental health may be our main concern, how can we decide what counts as progress for our workers and citizens? The presentation will describe how, literally, we look into people's hearts and heads to decide. It will discuss money, heart rate, food, work, stress, blood pressure, and happiness.
Andrew Oswald is Professor of Economics at the University of Warwick, a member of the WBS Advisory Board and also holds an ESRC research professorship. He has published across the fields of economics, psychology, epidemiology, statistics and law, but is perhaps best known for his work on the economics of happiness, labour markets, and entrepreneurship. He has recently been Jacob Wertheim Fellow at Harvard University and a visiting professor at Cornell University and the University Zurich.