Measures of happiness and subjective well-being are beginning to attract the attention of public policy makers, especially in the UK with the development of the National Index of Well-being. Measures of subjective well-being purportedly measure “more of what matters”, in contrast to other measures of well-being, such as GDP. For this reason, such measures could potentially be used to evaluative and develop public policy, as well as provide a more meaningful measure of a nation’s progress.
This inter-disciplinary international conference will look at the philosophical foundations of using measures of subjective well-being to inform and appraise public policy. There are many philosophical issues involved in such a practice, which have so far been relatively unexplored. These include:
Authors of the best papers from the conference (and a similar one in New Zealand the month before) will be invited to publish their paper in a special issue of the International Journal of Wellbeing (scheduled for mid 2012).
If you have any questions please e-mail the conference team (firstname.lastname@example.org)