The Economics of Happiness

The School of Economics is hosting a special seminar as part of the University of Kent’s 50th Anniversary celebrations on Wednesday 8 April 2015. The seminar will be given by Andrew Clark and Andrew Oswald on “The Economics of Happiness: Does money make you happy and if not what does?’ and will held in Keynes Lecture Theatre 1 at 4 pm, followed by a drinks reception at 5.30 pm.

Andrew Clark and Andrew Oswald were pioneers in the empirical study of happiness, beginning in the 1990s, and have worked extensively on the issue since, producing several seminal contributions.

Andrew Clark will begin by explaining the Easterlin Paradox, regarding the relationship between money and happiness. He will then discuss how the debate has developed to cover such things as religion and life events like marriage and divorce. Andrew Oswald will discuss the overlap between the latest social-science research on happiness and scientific work in biology, brain science, and primatology.

Andrew Clark is Professor of Economics at the Paris School of Economics. Particular interests include the use of job and life satisfaction data to analyse labour market phenomena. He has also looked at the role of income inequality and habituation for happiness.

Andrew Oswald is a Professor of Economics at the University of Warwick. His work lies mainly at the border between economics and behavioural science, and includes the study of human happiness. His work, for instance, has looked at how happiness is affected by life events such as divorce and employment.

If you would like to attend the seminar, please email Lisa Jones at