Dr Christian Kroll


Peer-reviewed journal articles

Kroll, C. 2015. Global Development and Happiness: How can data on subjective well-being inform development theory and practice? Oxford Development Studies, Vol. 43, 3, p. 281-309  Full text
Previous working paper version published as Institute of Development Studies Working Paper 432 (2013) Full text

Kroll, C. 2014. Towards a Sociology of Happiness: The Case of an Age Perspective on the Social Context of Subjective Well-being. Sociological Research Online (British Sociological Association), special issue on Happiness Studies, edited by Cieslik, M. and Bartram, D. Volume 19, Issue 2. Full text

Kroll, C. and Delhey, J. 2013. A Happy Nation? Opportunities and challenges of using subjective indicators in policymaking. Social Indicators Research, 114 (1), pp. 13-28, special issue on: Subjective social indicators – Usability and limitations for policymaking, edited by H.H. Noll. Full text

Kroll, C. and Pokutta, S. 2013. Just a perfect day? Developing a happiness optimised day schedule. Journal of Economic Psychology, 34, pp. 210-217.     Full text
discussed in 
Harvard Business Review, The Independent, Le Monde, Spiegel Online, ITV, ABC News, Wall Street Journal Live, China Daily, Times of India, TV GloboDaily MailThe Sun, The Telegraph, Buzzfeed, Hamburger Morgenpost (frontpage) and others

Kroll, C. 2011. Different things make different people happy: Examining social capital and subjective well-being by gender and parental status. Social Indicators Research, 104 (1), 157-177. Full text

Working papers

Verweij, S., Gerrits, L.M., Kroll, C., Meek, J. W., Schraad-Tischler, D. (under review). The Relationships between Governance Capacity and Environmental Policy Performance: A Comparative Evaluation of 41 OECD and EU Countries with Fuzzy Set QCA.

Delhey, J. and Kroll, C. 2012. A 'happiness-test' for the new measures of national well-being: How much better than GDP are they? WZB Discussion Paper SP I 2012 201, June 2012 Full text 
also published in: Brockmann, H. and Delhey, J. (Eds.) (2013) Is more always better? Human happiness and the maximization principle. New York / Heidelberg: Springer.
discussed in The Telegraph, The Irish Independent, Canberra Times, Svenska Dagbladet, OECD Insights
Kroll, C. 2011. Towards a Sociology of Happiness: Examining social capital and subjective well-being across subgroups of society. PhD thesis, London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE). Full text LSE Theses online

Kroll, C. 2008. Social capital and the happiness of nations. The importance of trust and networks for life satisfaction in a cross-national perspective. Frankfurt a.M./New York/Oxford: Peter Lang Publishing Group.  Abstract Book on amazon.com

Kroll, C. and Wagner, G.G. 2014. Gute Politik orientiert sich nicht nur am BIP. Capital. Full text


Kroll, C. 2014. What makes people happy and why it matters for development. The Guardian. Full text

Reprinted in Spanish:
Objectivos para la felicidad. America Economia Full text and Revista Humanum (UNDP) Full text

Kroll, C. 2014. Wellbeing gains significance in German policymaking. OECD Progblog. Full text

Kroll, C. 2012. Wir brauchen neue Indikatoren - und ein 'Gluecks-Audit' fuer die Politik. Aus Politik und Zeitgeschichte, Nr. 27/28, Juli 2012, pp. 27-32. [engl.: We need new indicators - and a 'happiness audit' for public policy.] Full text
Parts reprinted in school book for German secondary schools / high schools

Kroll, C. 2012. Just do as Aristotle did. Zocalo Public Square debate: How Can We Most Effectively Measure Happiness? Full text

Kroll, C. and Grassi, S. 2012. The international debate on progress: What does it mean for political parties? Social Europe Journal, 02/2012. Full text

Kroll, C. and Grassi, S. 2011. Impulse aus der internationalen Fortschrittsdebatte. Neue Gesellschaft/Frankfurter Hefte, 12/2011.

Kroll, C. and Layard, R. 2011. Happiness matters. Social Europe Journal, 11/2011 Full text

Kroll, C. and Layard, R. 2011. Auch das Glueck zaehlt. DIE WELT, 21.10.2011, page 2. Full text

Kroll, C. 2010. The SPD's ill-fated optimism. Policy Network, London. Full text

Kroll, C. 2010. Soziale Demokratie des Gluecks? Folgen der Gluecksforschung fuer die Politik. [engl.: Social Democracy of Happiness? Lessons from happiness research for public policy]. Neue Gesellschaft / Frankfurter Hefte. Nov. 2010 Full text

Kroll, C. 2010. Die Suche nach dem Bruttogluecksprodukt - Welcher Massstab fuer eine Politik des 21. Jahrhunderts? [engl.: In search of Gross National Happiness - what measure for public policy in the 21st century?]. Berliner Republik, 2 / 2010. Full text

Kroll, C. 2010. Volunteering, happiness and the "motherhood penalty". London: Institute for Volunteering Research (IVR), Volunteer Development Agency Northern Ireland, Volunteer Development Scotland (VDS) and Wales Council for Voluntary Action (WCVA). Full text

Book chapters

Kroll, C. 2014. Social Correlates of Well-Being. In A. Michalos: Encyclopedia of Quality of Life and Wellbeing Research. Dordrecht: Springer Full text   

Kroll, C. 2013. Das Prinzip des groesstmoeglichen Gluecks: Ein neuer Leitfaden fuer die Gute Gesellschaft. In: H. Meyer / C. Kellermann (Eds.): Die Gute Gesellschaft: Soziale und demokratische Politik im 21. Jahrhundert. Berlin: Suhrkamp. Book on amazon.de

Kroll, C. 2011. The Greatest Happiness Principle: An Imperative for Social Democracy? In: H. Meyer / J. Rutherford (eds.): "The Future of European Social Democracy - Building the Good Society. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan. Abstract Book on amazon.com

Kroll, C. 2008. Arbeit und Fairness in den vier Waenden. Eine empirische Untersuchung zum Zusammenhang zwischen unserem Geschlechterrollenverstaendnis und dem Ausmass unserer unbezahlten Haushaltsarbeit. [engl.: Work and fairness at home. An empirical analysis of the association between gender ideology and unpaid household labour.] In: A. Fischer, T. Gotthard, T. Lorenz and K. Humberg: Drahtseilakt Leben. Junge Forscher zwischen Wissenschaft und Wirklichkeit. Stuttgart: ibidem. Book on amazon.de


Kroll, C. (with a foreword by Kofi Annan). 2015. Sustainable Development Goals - Are the rich countries ready? Gutersloh: Bertelsmann Stiftung. Full text

discussed in CNBCABC NewsHuffington PostReutersWorld Economic Forum and others

Schraad-Tischler, D. & Kroll, C. 2014. Social Justice in the EU – how do member states compare? Gutersloh: Bertelsmann Stiftung.

discussed in Le Monde, Irish Times, Frankfurter AllgemeineZeitung, China Daily, Repubblica, Die ZEIT, Spiegel Online, ARD, Deutsche Welle, Focus, Russia Today, German Federal Government, OECD Insights, and others.

Kroll, C. 2011. Measuring progress and well-being: Achievements and challenges of a new global movement. Berlin: Friedrich Ebert Foundation. Summary Full text
published in German as: Wie wollen wir zukuenftig leben? Internationale Erfahrungen bei der Neuvermessung von Fortschritt und Wohlergehen. Full text
reprinted as RatSWD Working paper Nr. 186 Full text

Kroll, C. 2011. Measuring progress and well-being: An opportunity for political parties? Berlin: Friedrich Ebert Foundation. Summary Full text
published in German as: Die Neuvermessung von Fortschritt und Wohlergehen: Eine Chance fuer politische Parteien? Full text

Kroll, C. 2010. Invited report for the Robert Bosch Foundation, Stuttgart: Erfolgreiche Interventionsstrategien zum Wohlergehen von Kindern [engl.: Successful intervention strategies to improve children's well-being.]

2010. Public policy and happiness. London: Friedrich Ebert Foundation. Full text
published in German as: Die Politik des Gluecks. Full text

Kroll, C. and Meditz, H. 2009. Invited report for the German Ministry of Family Affairs: Wissenschaftliche Bestandsaufnahme der Forschung zum Wohlbefinden von Eltern und Kindern. BMFSFJ Monitor Familienforschung 4/2009. [engl.: A scientific review of research on the well-being of parents and children]. (with Roland Berger Strategy Consultants). Full text