University of Auckland, New Zealand
IZA World of Labor role
Author, Topic spokesperson
Matthew S. Abel Chair in Macroeconomics, University of Auckland, New Zealand
Labor economics, public finance, public economics
Positions/functions as a policy advisor
Academic Advisor to the New Zealand Government
Research Fellow, The Woodrow Wilson School, Princeton University, USA; Professor of Economics, The Business School, Imperial College London, UK
PhD Economics, University of Oxford, 1997
“The macroeconomics of happiness.” Review of Economics and Statistics 85:4 (2003): 809–827 (with R. Di Tella and A. Oswald).
“Why doesn’t capitalism flow to poor countries?” Brookings Papers on Economic Activity 40:1 (2009): 285–332 (with R. Di Tella).
“The roles of freedom, growth, and religion in the taste for revolution.” Journal of Law and Economics 53:2 (2010): 329–358 (with S. Pezzini).
“Preferences over inflation and unemployment: Evidence from surveys of happiness.” American Economic Review 91:1 (2001): 335–341 (with R. Di Tella and A. Oswald).
“Partisan social happiness.” Review of Economic Studies 72:2 (2005): 367–393 (with R. Di Tella).
“Happiness data” may help assess the welfare effects of a new labor market policy, like a change in benefit generosityRobert MacCulloch, January 2016Imagine a government confronted with a controversial policy question, like whether it should cut the level of unemployment benefits. Will social welfare rise as a result? Will some groups be winners and other groups be losers? Will the welfare gap between the employed and unemployed increase? “Happiness data” offer a new way to make these kinds of evaluations. These data allow us to track the well-being of the whole population, and also sub-groups like the employed and unemployed people, and correlate the results with relevant policy changes.MoreLess