Dear Attendees,

We regret to inform you that the conference is postponed due to the COVID-19 outbreak. Possible alternate dates are the 3rd-6th of March 2021.

We have been closely monitoring the situation in consultation with the Scientific Committee. Much to our regret, the situation is rapidly deteriorating and travel is subject to increasing restrictions by governments and organizations. Recommendations to limit travel are widespread and many similar conferences have been cancelled. We received notification from numerous participants, including keynote speakers and roundtable panelists, that they would not be able to attend the event in light of the travel restrictions and health risks.

The good news is that we are able to reschedule the event. Indeed, many of the keynote speakers and roundtable panelists have already confirmed their availability for a postponed conference. The venue and the format would be the same. The participants who have paid the registration fees are registered for the 2021 event. Those that prefer not to attend next year can request a refund for the event.

We will update this website with further information as it becomes available. If you have questions, please contact us at

Thank you for your understanding. We were really looking forward to having you here. We apologize for the inconveniences caused.


The Organizing Committee


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. Registration fees are 275 EUR and 200 EUR for students.

Call for papers

The call for papers is now closed. We will notify the authors
of accepted papers by mid-December 2019. Call for papers

Our keynote speakers

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

Thursday 19 March - morning
Stefano Bartolini from the University of Siena

Thursday 19 March - afternoon
Andrew Oswald from the University of Warwick

Friday 20 March
Carol Graham from the University of Maryland and Brookings Institution


On Friday morning the conference will host a roundtable on “Integrating research and policy” where representatives of institutions will discuss advantages, disadvantages and limitations of the well-being approach in policy making.

Confirmed participants:

Andrew Clark, Paris School of Economics
Asaph Young Chun, Statistical Research Institute, Statistics Korea
Carrie Exton, OECD
Linda Laura Sabbadini, Italian Statistical Office


Scientific Committee:

Serge Allegrezza, STATEC
Martijn Burger, Erasmus University Rotterdam
Conchita d’Ambrosio, University of Luxembourg
Johannes Hirata, Hochschule Osnabrück, University of Applied Sciences
Kelsey O’Connor, STATEC
Chiara Peroni, STATEC
Maurizio Pugno, University of Cassino
Francesco Sarracino, STATEC