Paul Dolan

Paul Dolan

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 Political Science.

Paul’s work focuses on three main themes: developing measures of happiness and subjective well-being that can be used in policy; ways in which the lessons from the behavioural sciences can be used to understand and change individual behaviour, use of lab and field experiments to address major challenges, such as the impact of interventions on people’s lives and on their behaviour.

He was recently asked to write the questions that are now being used in large surveys in the UK to monitor national happiness. He is currently looking at the ‘happiness hit’ of the 2012 Olympic Games by measuring happiness in London, Paris and Berlin across three years. Earlier in his career, he was responsible for generating the tariff of health state values that are used by UK health policymakers in the calculation of quality-adjusted life years.

Among other professional activities, he is a member of the US National Academy of Sciences Panel on measuring well-being, a member of the National Well-being Advisory Forum for the Office for National Statistics in the UK, and is Chief Academic Advisor to the UK Government on economic appraisal. He has advised most government departments in the UK on how to value benefits that are hard to measure, like health. He is co-director of the Centre for the Study of Incentives in Health and has worked with many clients on experiments, including the Department for Education, Money Advice Service and Nestle.

Please see Paul’s personal website for more details.