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by Gerry McCarthy

happines lessons from a new science by richard layard

Richard Layard is a leading economist who believes that the happiness of society does not necessarily equate to its income. Currently he is Professor Emeritus at the London School of Economics.

     Layard is also founder of the Centre for Economic Performance at The London School of Economics. Since 2000 he has been a member of the House of Lords.

     In 2005, Layard’s book Happiness: Lessons From a New Science was published in hardcover by Penguin. Last year it was released in softcover by the same publisher. The book continues to remain relevant, and is cited by more economists and policymakers.

     The following interview with Layard appeared in the December 2005 Issue of The Social Edge. I reached him by telephone in London, England.


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