Can Wellbeing Economics work?: New Zealand’s attempt to get off GDP

Can Wellbeing Economics work?: New Zealand’s attempt to get off GDP

In May 2019 New Zealand will join a growing list of countries moving beyond GDP in measuring their citizen’s wellbeing and success.

About this Event

‘Wellbeing economics’ involves prioritising and measuring non-growth wellbeing factors, like social and cultural wellbeing, health and environmental outcomes, and the financial security of communities. But skeptics argue the new measures are just “subjective fluff”.

New Zealand’s Minister of Finance Grant Robertson will provide an update on his coalition government's progress to implement the wellbeing economics approach ahead of its May annual Budget, along with some of the challenges to implementing the approach across a government’s budget cycle. Dr Trebeck and Dr De Neve will offer their thoughts on the wellbeing debate and what progress is being made across the globe to put people and their happiness at the centre of economics.

Speakers: Hon Grant Robertson MP, Dr Katherine Trebeck and Dr Jan-Emmanuel De Neve

Chair: Professor David Soskice

Hon Grant Robertson is New Zealand’s Minister of Finance. His coalition government will deliver its first ‘wellbeing budget’ in May 2019, with new priorities and indicators for tracking citizens’ welfare that go beyond traditional measures of income and growth. He has served as member of the New Zealand parliament since 2008 as a Labour MP.

Dr Katherine Trebeck is Policy and Knowledge Lead for the Wellbeing Economy Alliance, based in Glasgow. For eight years she worked at Oxfam in senior roles, including those focused on people-centred economics. She is currently Honorary Professor at the University of the West of Scotland and Senior Visiting Research Fellow at the University of Strathclyde. She holds degrees in economics and politics, along with a PhD in political science from the Australian National University. Her most recent book The Economics of Arrival: Ideas for a Grown Up Economy (co-authored with Jeremy Williams) was published in January 2019.

Dr Jan-Emmanuel De Neve is Associate Professor of Economics and Strategy at the Saïd Business School at the University of Oxford. He is best known for his research on the economics of happiness which has led to new insights into the relationship between happiness and income, productivity, economic growth, and inequality. He is an associate editor of the World Happiness Report, and member of the Global Happiness Council while chairing its Workplace Wellbeing committee. Dr De Neve holds degrees from LSE, Harvard and the University of Melbourne.

David Soskice is School Professor of Political Science and Economics and Research Director of the International Inequalities Institute at LSE.

This will be a ticketed event on a first come first served basis.

The International Inequalities Institute (@LSEInequalities)at LSE brings together experts from many LSE departments and centres to lead critical and cutting edge research to understand why inequalities are escalating in numerous arenas across the world, and to develop critical tools to address these challenges.

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Time & Date

Saturday, 26 January 2019, 01:00 PM - Saturday, 26 January 2019, 02:30 PM


Hong Kong Theatre
Clement House, LSE
265 Strand, London, WC2R 1DH
United Kingdom

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