E62-384, MIT Sloan, 30 Memorial Dr, Cambridge MA - [cv] - wardg@mit.edu

I am a PhD student in Behavioral and Policy Sciences at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. I am based at the Institute for Work and Employment Research, MIT Sloan School of Management. My work aims to combine insights from economics, psychology and political science, and focuses primarily on the study of human happiness and well-being.

Main research interests:

  • Behavioral science
  • Subjective well-being
  • Work & employment
  • Political economy


The Asymmetric Experience of Positive and Negative Economic Growth: Global Evidence Using Subjective Well-Being Data

Review of Economics and Statistics, 2018, 100(2): 362–375

(with Jan-Emmanuel De Neve, Femke De Keulenaer, Bert Van Landeghem, Georgios Kavetsos, and Michael I. Norton)

[pdf] [working paper] [replication files]

The Origins of Happiness: The Science of Well-Being over the Life Course

Princeton University Press, 2018

(with Andrew E. Clark, Sarah Flèche, Richard Layard, and Nattavudh Powdthavee)

[PUP] [vox column] [WHR summary] [online appendix & replication files]

Work in Progress

Happiness and Voting: Evidence from Elections in Europe 1973-2014

Conditionally accepted at American Journal of Political Science


Worker Well-Being and Productivity

(with Clément Bellet and Jan-Emmanuel de Neve)

Adolescent Depression and Academic Performance

(Un)Happiness and the 2016 U.S. Presidential Election

(with Lyle H. Ungar, Jan-Emmanuel de Neve, and Johannes C. Eichstaedt)

Policy Papers

Happiness and Voting Behaviour

2019, UN World Happiness Report (J. Helliwell, R. Layard & J. Sachs [eds])


Employee Well-Being, Productivity, and Firm Performance: Evidence and Case Studies

2019, Global Happiness Policy Report (J. Sachs [ed])

(with J. De Neve and C. Krekel)


Work and Well-Being: A Global Perspective

2018, Global Happiness Policy Report (J. Sachs [ed])

(with A. Blankson, A. E. Clark, C. Cooper, J. De Neve, J. Harter, C. Krekel, J. Lim, P. Litchfield, J. Moss, M. I. Norton, M. Rojas, and A. Whillans)


Happiness at Work

2017, UN World Happiness Report (J. Helliwell, R. Layard & J. Sachs [eds])

(with Jan-Emmanuel de Neve)

[pdf] [Harvard Business Review column] [appendix]