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
Enrico Giovannini, University of Rome Tor Vergata and LUISS University


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