Center for the Advancement of Well-Being
The College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Brown Bag Series: Growth in Subjective Well-Being and Income Over Time

Tuesday, February 18, 2014 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM
Johnson Center, A


Growth in Subjective Well-Being and Income Over Time

Presenter: Dr. Justin Wolfers

Date: February 18, 2014

Time: 12:00 PM to 1:30 PM

Location: Johnson Center, A

Dr. Justin Wolfers is one of the world's most famous happiness economists — economists who use large data sets and sophisticated statistics to figure out what makes people happy. During this lecture on Mason's Fairfax campus, Dr. Wolfers (from the University of Michigan and the Brookings Institution) will discuss recent joint work with Dr. Betsey Stevenson on the relationship between income and happiness. The title is "Growth in Subjective Well-Being and Income over Time." The event is organized by Mason's brand new undergraduate program in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics, in collaboration with the Center for the Advancement of Well-Being and the Institute for Philosophy and Public Policy. The event is free and open to the public. 

Dr. Justin Wolfers is currently a Senior Fellow of the Brookings Institution, and is on leave from the University of Michigan, where he is a Professor of Economics and a Professor of Public Policy at the University of Michigan. He is also an editor of the Brookings Papers on Economic Activity, a Research Associate with the National Bureau of Economic Research; a Research Fellow with the Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA) in Bonn; a Research Affiliate with the Centre for Economic Policy Research in London; an International Research Fellow with the Kiel Institute for the World Economy, and a Fellow of the CESifo, in Munich. He was previously a visiting professor at Princeton, an Associate Professor at Wharton, an Assistant Professor at Stanford Graduate School of Business, and an economist with the Reserve Bank of Australia. Dr. Wolfers earned his Ph.D. in economics in 2001 from Harvard University, and was a Fulbright, Knox and Menzies Scholar. He earned his undergraduate degree in Economics in his native Australia at the University of Sydney in 1994, winning the University Medal. Wolfers' research focuses on labor economics, macroeconomics, political economy, law and economics, social policy and behavioral economics. Beyond research, he is a columnist for Bloomberg View, a sometime blogger for Freakonomics, and a commentator for public radio's Marketplace program. He is also a popular teacher, with many teaching awards to his name.

Hosted by The undergraduate Philosophy, Politics, and Economics (PPE) Program.

Sponsored by The Center for the Advancement of Well-Being and the Institute for Philosophy and Public Policy.

About the PPE Program: The new Philosophy, Politics, and Economics (PPE) Program at George Mason University allows undergraduate students to pursue topics in the intersection of philosophy, political science, and economics. Students in the program work with faculty in the Departments of Philosophy, Public and International Affairs, and Economics. Many of these faculty are internationally recognized authorities on topics in the intersection of philosophy, politics and economics. 

About the Institute for Philosophy and Public Policy: The Institute for Philosophy and Public Policy brings philosophical analysis – the examination of values and the clarification of concepts – to the discussion of pressing issues in public policy. Institute members address moral, legal, and societal concerns that arise, for example, with emerging technologies, international development, and global demands for justice. The institute provides expertise in the ethical and conceptual dimensions of public policy and thus complements empirical research from the natural and social sciences.

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