Working to make government more effective

Paul Dolan


Paul is Professor of Economics in the Department of Social Policy at the LSE. He has previously held academic posts at York, Newcastle, Sheffield and Imperial, and has been a visiting scholar at Princeton. There are two main themes to Paul's work. The first focuses on developing measures of subjective well-being that can be used in policy, particularly in the valuation of non-market goods and in ‘joining-up' the impact of changes in health, crime, the environment etc. The second considers ways in which the lessons from behavioural economics can be used to understand and change individual behaviour. This work is focussing on the important role that situational factors play in influencing our behaviour. Paul has published in top economics, psychology, health and social science journals and has won research grants from a range of funding bodies, including the ESRC, AHRC and the British Academy. He was awarded a Philip Leverhulme Prize in Economics in 2002 for his contribution to health economics. Paul has been on many expert panels across government and he has advised various departments, including Defra, DH, DCLG and the Home Office, and he is currently chief academic adviser on economic appraisal for the Government Economic Service.

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02 MAR 2010 Report


Our new report explores how behaviour change theory can help meet current policy challenges.