Richard Layard

LSE, UK, and IZA, Germany

I am happy to be a part of this innovative project. I hope that policymakers and academics alike will find World of Labor a useful way to quickly learn the latest state of research on a wide range of issues in labor policy

IZA World of Labor role


Current position

Director, Wellbeing Programme, Centre for Economic Performance (2003–); Emeritus Professor of Economics, LSE (1999–)

Research interest

Wellbeing, labor, unemployment, educational policy, happiness

Positions/functions as a policy advisor

Adviser to the English Improving Access to Psychological Therapies program

Past positions

Deputy Director, Higher Education Research Unit, LSE (1964–1974); Head, Centre for Labour Economics, LSE (1974–1990); Director, Centre for Economic Performance, LSE (1990–2003)


MSc Economics, London School of Economics, 1967

Selected publications

  • Combatting Unemployment, IZA Prize Volume. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2011 (with S. Nickell).

  • Happiness—Lessons from a New Science. 2nd edition. London: Penguin, 2011.

  • Thrive: The Power of Evidence-based Psychological Therapies. London: Penguin, 2014 (with D. M. Clark).