Feb 26, 2015
Paul Dolan is an
internationally renowned expert on happiness, behaviour and public
policy. He is currently a Professor of Behavioural Science in the
Department of Social Policy at the London School of Economics and
Paul has previously
held academic posts at York, Newcastle, Sheffield and Imperial and
he has been a visiting scholar at Princeton University, working
with Daniel Kahneman.
Professor Dolan has
over 100 peer-reviewed publications which cover many topics
including behavioural science, subjective wellbeing, equity in
health and health valuation.
Paul is currently a
Member of the World Economic Forum Panel on Behavioural Science,
the Chief Academic Advisor on Economic Appraisal for the UK
Government's Economic Service. He is also a member of National
Academy of Sciences Panel on Wellbeing and of the Measuring
National Wellbeing Advisory Forum for the Office for National
Statistics in the UK.
Paul is the author of
‘Happiness by Design’.
- How Paul
evolved from a health economist to a behavioral
- How many
years of your life would you be willing to give up to avoid being
anxious or being down.
Aristotle and other philosophers are right in saying that happiness
can only be defined on a death-bed when reflecting upon your
- how to
create a pleasure-purpose balance that’s right for you.
- how you
can use the production function process to produce
- what is
this production process that makes us happy.
- if money
makes you happier.
happiness studies influence policy decision-making.
- about the
limitations to happiness research and what can be done to make
nudging by policy-makers can make you happier.
- about the
morality of nudging.
supermarkets can nudge you into buying their breads and
self-help books are a waste of money as they try to change your
- why Paul’s
book, ‘Happiness By Design’ will help you to change what you
Paul’s ‘3 Pillars of Happiness’ - Deciding, Designing and
designing your life to make things simple and easy can help you
achieve your goals.
- about the
essence of mindfulness.
- why people
who are easily distracted are more likely to be less
- if your
phone can make you unhappy and what you should do about
- why Paul
is a ‘Happy Hammer’ (West Ham fan) despite never winning the
- how the
power of ‘hope’ can make you happy by allowing your imagination run
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