Measuring what matters

Most people agree that happiness matters.

Some believe it is the only thing that matters.

Over the last 30 years, pioneering academics in economics, philosophy, and psychology have tested and developed reliable measures of happiness and life satisfaction.

Today, large population surveys allow us to measure and track wellbeing across the world. We can stop relying on measures of wealth or health as our best guess for how people’s lives are going.

But what is wellbeing, how can we measure it, and what difference does it make?

You can make a difference

The cost-effective interventions we’ve identified may surprise you. For example, few people expected psychotherapy to be 9 times more cost-effective than cash transfers.

Our latest news and research

Household spillovers, new vacancies, and our 2021 Annual Review

Our latest newsletter includes a review of our work in 2021 and explains how we’ve updated our cost-effectiveness comparison of … Read more

Happiness for the whole family

We update our previous analysis to incorporate the household spillover effects for cash transfers and psychotherapy. We estimate that … Read more

Apply for our Summer Research Fellowship

We’re excited to announce that we’ll be running our summer research fellowship again this year The fellowship provides students and … Read more

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