Andrew Oswald,
Professor of Economics and Behavioural Science

Andrew Oswald is a Professor of Economics and Behavioural Science at the University of Warwick. His research is principally in applied economics and quantitative social science. It currently includes the empirical study of job satisfaction, human happiness, unemployment, labour productivity, and the influence of diet on psychological well-being. He serves on the board of editors of Science. Previously at Oxford and the London School of Economics, with spells as Lecturer, Princeton University (1983-4); De Walt Ankeny Professor of Economics, Dartmouth College (1989-91); Jacob Wertheim Fellow, Harvard University (2005); Visiting Fellow, Cornell University (2008); Research Director, IZA Bonn (2011-12); Visiting Fellow, University of Zurich (2016); Visiting Fellow, Yale University (2016). He is an ISI Highly-Cited Researcher.

Latest papers below

"Unhappiness and Pain in Modern America: A Review Essay."
December 2017, with David G. Blanchflower

"Was Brexit Caused by the Unhappy and the Old?"
October 2017, with Federica Liberini, Eugenio Proto and Michela Redoano

"How Much Should University Vice-Chancellors Be Paid?"
September 2017. Newspaper article forthcoming in the Times Higher Education.

"Female Babies and Risk-Aversion",
with Ganna Pogrebna and David Haig, April 2017

"Understanding Happiness",
University of Warwick, 2017

"If Your Boss Could Do Your Job, You're More Likely to Be Happy at Work"
Benjamin Artz , Amanda Goodall & Andrew J. Oswald. Harvard Business Review (digital article)
December 29, 2016

"Do Women Ask?"
Benjamin Artz, Amanda H. Goodall, and Andrew J. Oswald, September 2016

"Evolution of Well-being and Happiness after Increases in the Consumption of Fruit and Vegetables"
(with Redzo Mujcic). Published in American Journal of Public Health, 2016.
Supplementary Figures and Tables for the AJPH paper"
"A Note on a Possible Link Between Fruit and Vegetable Consumption and Reduced Risk of Depression" : Unpublished manuscript, July 2016, Redzo Mujcica and Andrew J. Oswaldb

"Antidepressants and Age: A New Form of Evidence for U-Shaped Well-being Through Life"
(with D. Blanchflower). Published in the Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, 2016.

"Happiness and Productivity" with Eugenio Proto, and Daniel Sgroi, University of Warwick, UK, and IZA Bonn, Germany, March 2014. Published in the Journal of Labor Economics, 2015.

"National Well-being Policy and a Weighted Approach to Human Feelings" with Gus O'Donnell. Published in the journal Ecological Economics, 2015.

"Boss Competence and Worker Well-being"with Benjamin Artz and Amanda H Goodall. Published in Industrial and Labor Relations Review 2017

"Longitudinal Evidence for a Midlife Nadir in Human Well-being: Results from Four Data Sets,"
with Terence C. Cheng and Nattavudh Powdthavee. Published in Economic Journal 2017.

"National Happiness and Genetic Distance: A Cautious Exploration" with Eugenio Proto. Published in Economic Journal 2017.
Recent paper:

"How should peer-review panels behave?"
with Daniel Sgroi, Economic Journal.

Does High Home-Ownership Impair the Labor Market?
David G. Blanchflower and Andrew J. Oswald, May 2013

Things I would have found it useful to have been told when I was a young researcher:
Tuesday April 30 2013 Event on Publishing Thoughts and Advice for Young Faculty: Some Notes
Recent paper:

"Happiness as a driver of risk-avoiding behavior: Theory and an empirical study of seatbelt wearing and automobile accidents",
Robert J B Goudie, Sach Mukherjee, JanEmmanuel De Neve, Steven Wu and Andrew J. Oswald
Recent paper:

"Evidence for a midlife crisis in great apes consistent with the U-shape in human well-being",
Alexander Weiss, James E. King, Miho Inoue-Murayama, Tetsuro Matsuzawa, and Andrew J. Oswald
Published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the USA, 2012.

The Happiness of Apes through Life
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Email :

Address : Dept of Economics, University of Warwick, Coventry CV4 7AL. United Kingdom.

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Richard Easterlin, Andrew Oswald and Andrew Clark at Warwick event.

Discussing the topic: Is Happiness the New GDP? World Government Summit, Dubai, February 2017

Andrew Oswald presenting a lecture on the economics of happiness in the United Arab Emirates 2016.

Andrew Oswald speaking on ageing at the Nobel Week Dialogue in Stockholm, December 2014.
Pictured with Johanna Wallenius (University of Stockholm), Eric Maskin (Harvard), Dan McFadden (Berkeley), David Bloom (Harvard School of Public Health), and Sarah Harper (Oxford).

Oswald happiness: The 2013 award of an honorary doctorate from the University of Basel.

Photos from the 2012 EALE conference in Bonn at which Sandra Black was a keynote speaker
and Richard Blundell received the IZA Prize

EALE conference in Bonn

EALE conference in Bonn
Scientific evidence reveals that grandchildren make people happier