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 and psychology, and focuses primarily on the study of human happiness and well-being.

Main research interests:

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

Publications

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

Review of Economics and Statistics, May 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, Feb 2018

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

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






Work in Progress

Should Politicians Care About People's Happiness? Evidence from elections in Europe 1973-2014

[pdf]

Employee Mood and Performance: Experimental field evidence from a large UK firm

(with Clément Bellet and Jan-Emmanuel de Neve)

The Psychological Divide in America: (Un)Happiness and the Trump Swing

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

Policy Papers

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]

The Key Determinants of Happiness and Misery

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

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

[pdf] [appendix]

Work and Wellbeing: 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)

[pdf]