Happiness and markets

February 28, 2011

The Coalition Government has asked the Office for National Statistics to collect data to track the UK population’s general well-being. Can a market-based economy – and the wealth, higher living standards and inequality it brings – lead to greater happiness? Bright Blue brings together two leading thinkers, David Willetts and Lord Layard, to explore whether a market-based economy and market-based reforms to services and institutions can lead to higher general well-being.


Rt Hon David Willetts MP, Minister of State for Universities and Science

Lord Richard Layard, author of Happiness: lessons from a new science

Date: Monday 28th February 2011, 7pm-8pm

Venue: Thatcher Room, Portcullis House, House of Commons, London. SW1A 0AA