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Lavoro e clima: ingredienti chiave per la ricetta della felicitÓ / Work and climate: key ingredients for the recipe for happiness

An excellent example, proposed by Canova himself, summarizing the complexity of a concept like happiness is the World Happiness Report, a United Nations project to empirically define the concept of happiness.

It makes use of the contribution and supervision of great economists such as John Helliwell, macroeconomist of the Vancouver School of Economics; Richard Layard, of the London School of Economics, among the first to deal with happiness; Jeffrey Sachs, one of the most respected sustainability experts.

Financial Times
Why life in the UK feels better than ever

Since the referendum, self-reported British subjective wellbeing has stagnated, finds a study led by Georgios Kavetsos of Queen Mary University of London. Pro-Europeans are predictably upset, but even anti-Europeans saw an early rise in wellbeing melt away, perhaps because Brexit hasn't been delivered. Even so, British contentment remains about the highest ever measured. As usual, nostalgia is misplaced.

The Economist
How is Brexit affecting FDI into Britain?

Brexit affects domestic firms, too. In January Barclays bank received legal approval to move €190bn ($213bn) of assets to Dublin, fearing no-deal. The London School of Economics recently found the Brexit vote had caused a 12% rise in investment by British firms in the rest of the eu. That capital might otherwise have been used at home. fdi remains strong, but it would be stronger minus Brexit. And Britain has not even left yet.

IZA Research Programme: Jobs, Gender and Poverty

Professor Oriana Bandiera, Director of STICERD, will direct a new research initiative on gender, jobs and poverty. The programme (G2LM|LIC), sponsored by DFID and managed by IZA, has a budget of over £10million over 5 years. It will fund innovative research proposals on the link between jobs and poverty, gender specific barriers and the growth implications of improving the allocation of talent in low income settings.

The programme marks the extension of the successful IZA/DFID cooperation, which started as the Growth and Labour Markets in Low-Income Countries (GLM|LIC) programme in 2011. The programme marks the extension of the successful IZA/DFID cooperation, which started as the Growth and Labour Markets in Low-Income Countries (GLM|LIC) programme in 2011.

On Wednesday 19 June 2019 the initiative will be launched with an inaugural workshop held at the LSE, with presentations by several leading scholars and a panel discussion. Find out more from the IZA Conference website.

You can view the programme here. To sign up, please visit Jobs, Gender and Poverty - IZA/DFID G2LM|LIC Launch Workshop.

Professor Tim Besley joins the panel of the IFS Deaton Review

Professor Tim Besley, Professor of Economics and Political Science & W Arthur Lewis Professor of Development Economics, has joined the panel of the newly launched IFS Deaton Reviw of Inequalities.

The IFS Deaton Review: Inequalities in the 21st Century is an ambitious five-year project, initiated by IFS and funded by the Nuffield Foundation.

With the Nobel Laureate Professor Sir Angus Deaton in the chair, the panel overseeing the project includes world-leading experts in sociology, demography, epidemiology, political science, philosophy and economics.

To give a sense of the breadth and ambition of the project, the themes to be covered here will include: which inequalities matter and why they matter; people's attitudes towards inequality; their experiences of inequality; the political economy of inequality; the history of inequality; trends in economic inequalities; intergenerational inequalities; health inequalities; geographical inequalities; gender; race and ethnicity; immigration; early child development; education systems; families; social mobility; trade and globalisation; productivity, growth and innovation; labour markets; tax policy; and welfare policy.

To find out more, please visit the IFS website.

Keynote speech at the European Conference of Social Work Research
Tania Burchardt

Dr. Tania Burchardt gave the keynote speech on 12th April 2019 at the European Conference of Social Work Research in Leuven, Belgium, on “How could a ‘capability approach’ influence social work practice?”.

The presentation slides are available here (pdf)