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A Handbook for Wellbeing Policy-Making: History, Theory, Measurement, Implementation, and Examples

Paul Frijters and Christian Krekel


Around the world, governments are starting to directly measure the subjective wellbeing of their citizens and to use it for policy evaluation and appraisal. What would happen if a country were to move from using GDP to using subjective wellbeing as the primary metric for measuring economic and societal progress? Would policy priorities change? Would we continue to care about economic growth? What role would different government institutions play in such a scenario? And, most importantly, how could this be implemented in daily practice, for example in policy evaluations and appraisals of govern ... More

Keywords: subjective wellbeing, public policy, policy evaluation, policy appraisal, cost-effectiveness analysis, cost-benefit analysis

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2021 Print ISBN-13: 9780192896803
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: June 2021 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780192896803.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Paul Frijters, author
Visiting Professor of Wellbeing Economics, London School of Economics

Christian Krekel, author
Assistant Professor in Behavioural Science, London School of Economics