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Workshop on the Use of Well-being Measures in Policy Analysis

Wednesday, November 2, 2011 to Thursday, November 3, 2011

Location: 
Washington, DC

The Workshop on the Use of Well-being Measures in Policy Analysis was held November 2nd and 3rd, 2011, at the Brookings Institution in Washington, D.C. The event was co-sponsored by the National Institute on Aging (NIA) and the Brookings Institution, and was co-chaired by Lisbeth Nielsen of the NIA and Carol Graham of the Brookings Institution. The purpose of the Workshop was to debate the advantages, challenges and pitfalls of utilizing subjective well-being metrics for policy analysis. Dialogues built on discussions at a prior NIA and ESRC-supported National Academy of Sciences workshop on the policy potential and implications of well-being metrics. At this meeting, consensus emerged that subjective wellbeing measures could be useful and appropriate for targeted populations and targeted policies. One goal of the current Workshop was to evaluate the potential of well-being metrics to assess targeted policies.