What makes societies happy? The dawn of happiness-guided policies

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Are we ready to enact happiness-guided policies? It has been four decades since economists began to be interested in a subjective measure, "life satisfaction", as an overall assessment of well-being. The science of "happiness" is now rich and deep, but only in the last few years have those studying it felt confident enough to significantly turn their attention to proposing concrete government policies.

Recently back from the Global Dialogue on Happiness at the World Government Summit, Chris Barrington-Leigh, Associate Professor at McGill University’s Institute for Health and Social Policy and the McGill School of Environment, will discuss his recent work and the move towards a world in which policy is accountable to human-centred outcomes.

Please join the McGill Institute for Health and Social Policy and the Max Bell School of Public Policy in celebrating the International Day of Happiness with this discussion led by Chris Barrington-Leigh.


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McGill's Institute for Health and Social Policy a multidisciplinary centre for research, training and knowledge mobilization on issues of health and social policy. The IHSP conducts and supports world-class research on how social conditions impact the health, well-being and resilience of people and communities, and leads programs designed to translate research findings into policies and programs on local, provincial, national and global scales. The Institute is committed to building collaborations with policymakers, communities and researchers to effectively move evidence to policy.

About Max Bell School of Public Policy 

McGill’s Max Bell School of Public Policy is committed to the research, teaching, public outreach, and practical advocacy of sound public policy, with each of these four dimensions grounded in a solid understanding of the overall policy process, not merely as it is described in theory but as it exists in the real world, with all its imperfections and limitations. The principle-based design of policy solutions to important problems, the interaction of policy development with partisan politics, and knowledge of the workings of the machinery of government all play central roles in the activities of the Max Bell School.

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