Professor of Economics Stephen Wu was recently invited to become a member of an expert panel on wellbeing. A research program of the London School of Economics and Political Science Centre for Economic Performance, the World Wellbeing Panel promotes “wellbeing as the ultimate purpose of all major decision makers, particularly government.”
According to the World Wellbeing Panel website, each month, members of the international panel are asked a question relevant to wellbeing policy. Submitted answers are disseminated to journalists, politicians, and others with the goal of fostering “debates about policy in terms of their impacts on wellbeing, which over time should lead to better policies and decisions.”
The World Wellbeing Panel was launched in late 2016. Questions posed to panel members have centered on topics such as wellbeing and public holidays, the decline in the happiness of young people, and unemployment and gender.