Welcome to the conference page for Well-Being 2020: Knowledge for Informed Decisions.

This international conference will bring together leading scholars to discuss the quest for better lives. Economists traditionally advocated economic growth as the foremost policy goal, but now even economists often challenge this view. The discussion remains open, indeed flourishes, with more contributors than ever. How do we promote well-being? What are the best policies? What is the role for civil society?

The conference will take place over three and a half days from the 18th to the 21st of March 2020. We have scheduled one keynote speaker for each day and a roundtable discussing how policy-makers can integrate the findings from well-being studies.

Call for papers

The call for papers can be found here.
We look forward to receiving your abstract. Call for papers

Our keynote speakers

Wednesday 18 March
John de Graaf, journalist from Seattle, Washington

Thursday 19 March
Stefano Bartolini from the University of Siena

Friday 20 March
Andrew Oswald from the University of Warwick

Saturday 21 March
Carol Graham from the University of Maryland and Brookings Institution


The conference is organized by the Research Division of the National Institute of Statistics and Economic Studies of Luxembourg (STATEC), and the Observatory of Competitiveness (Ministry of the Economy of Luxembourg).

The scientific committee:
Serge Allegrezza, STATEC
Stefano Bartolini, University of Siena
Martijn Burger, Erasmus University of Rotterdam
Johannes Hirata, Osnabruck University
Kelsey O’Connor, STATEC
Chiara Peroni, STATEC
Maurizio Pugno, University of Cassino
Francesco Sarracino, STATEC

Local organisers:
STATEC & Ministère de l'Économie Observatoire de la compétivité
Martine Hildgen
Chiara Peroni
Kelsey J. O’Connor
Sylvie Dionisio
Francesco Sarracino