World Happiness Report - European Launch

1. Summary
2. Introduction
3. Programme & Speakers
4. Organisation
5. Contact

1. Summary

World Happiness Report - European Launch’

Date

Thursday 21 May 2015, 13:00 - 17:00, followed by drinks.

Reception

From 12:30.

Programme

Prof. Jeffrey Sachs

Introduction to the World Happiness Report 2015

Prof. John Helliwell

Overview of the World Happiness Report 2015

Prof. Richard Layard

How to Make Happiness the Goal of Policy

Elena Ianchovichina PhD and Martijn Burger PhD

Happiness in the Wake of the Arab Spring

Prof. Ruut Veenhoven

Happiness and Development

Location

Forumzaal (M-building, M3-15, Van der Goot Building)

Erasmus University Rotterdam, campus Woudestein

Burgemeester Oudlaan 50, 3062PA Rotterdam

Registration

Entry is free. Register here!

 2. Introduction

The World Happiness Report is a measure of happiness published by the United Nations Sustainable Development Solutions Network (UNSDSN). The 2015 report is the third edition. The first two reports, released in 2012 and 2013, drew international attention as landmark surveys on the state of global happiness. The reports identified the Netherlands as fourth happiest country in the world. The World Happiness Report 2015 is sure to once again claim worldwide coverage. Two of three editors will be present in person while one will be introducing the report via a video message. This is the first launch of the report in Europe at the Erasmus University Rotterdam. The presentations will focus on happiness in Europe. EHERO will present results from joint research with the World Bank and from its own World Database of Happiness.

3. Programme & Speakers

12.30 
Reception

13.00
Welcome

13.05
Prof. Jeffrey D. Sachs, Introduction to the World Happiness Report 2015 via video-message
American economist, director of The Earth Institute at Columbia University, Director of the United Nations Sustainable Development Solutions Network (UNSDSN), Special Advisor to the UN Secretary General, and one of three editors of the World Happiness Report 2015. Mr. Sachs cannot be present in person but will introduce the report via a video message.

13.30
Prof. John F. Helliwell,
Overview of the World Happiness Report 2015
Canadian economist at the University of British Columbia, director at the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research, and one of three editors of the World Happiness Report.

14.15
Prof. Richard Layard,
How to Make Happiness the Goal of Policy
Labour economist, Director of the Well-Being Programme at the Centre for Economic Performance, part of the London School of Economics (LSE), and one of three editors of the World Happiness Report.

15.00
Break

15.30
Elena Ianchovichina PhD,
Happiness in the Wake of the Arab Spring
Lead Economist at the Chief Economist Office within the World Bank’s Middle East and North Africa section. Her work covers economic growth, international trade and policy reform issues in developing and transition economies.

Martijn Burger PhD, Happiness in the Wake of the Arab Spring
Dutch economist at the Erasmus University Rotterdam, specialised in Industrial and Regional Economics, Academic Director of EHERO and leading a research project with the World Bank.

16:15
Prof. Ruut Veenhoven,
Happiness and Development
Dutch sociologist at the Erasmus University Rotterdam, founder of both the World Database of Happiness and the Journal of Happiness Studies.

17:00
Drinks

4. Organisation

The European launch of the World Happiness Report 2015 is organised by Erasmus Happiness Economics Research Organisation. EHERO is a multidisciplinary research organisation and centre of expertise on happiness, based in the Erasmus School of Economics at Erasmus University Rotterdam. Mission is to contribute to greater happiness of a greater number of people. Leading question is how greater happiness can be achieved and how synergy can be obtained with other things we value. Besides empirical research to gather information about the determinants and consequences of happiness and hosting the World Database of Happiness, EHERO runs applied research programmes and consultancy with organisations, organises congresses, symposia and workshops, educates students through a minor programme and organises multiple educational programmes for executives in the public and private sector. Ultimate goal is to enable individuals as well as companies and governments to make more informed choices.

5. Contact

Name                  Aagje Boelhouwer                    Gerben Korevaar
Telephone  

010 - 408 18 00

 

010 - 408 23 88

E-mail   boelhouwer@remove-this.ese.eur.nl   korevaar@remove-this.ese.eur.nl