The Brookings Institution and University of Maryland, USA, and IZA, Germany
IZA World of Labor role
Author, Topic spokesperson
Well-being metrics, Happiness, Poverty, Inequality, Public health, Developing countries
Spanish - Native speaker, English - Native speaker, French - Non-native speaker
Print, Digital, Television, Radio
Leo Pasvolsky Senior Fellow, Global Economy and Development Program, The Brookings Institution; College Park Professor, School of Public Policy, University of Maryland, USA
Positions/functions as a policy advisor
Special Advisor to the Deputy Managing Director, International Monetary Fund, Fall, 2001; Special Advisor to the Executive Vice President, Inter-American Development Bank, 1997–1998
Professor, School of Public Policy, University of Maryland; Visiting Professor, Department of Economics, Johns Hopkins University, USA
DPhil Concentration: Economic Development/Political Economy/Latin America, Oxford University, 1989
Happiness around the World: The Paradox of Happy Peasants and Miserable Millionaires. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2009.
The Pursuit of Happiness: An Economy of Well-Being. Washington, DC: The Brookings Institution Press, 2011.
“Does more money make you happier? Why so much debate?” Applied Research in Quality of Life 6:3 (2011).
“Adaptation amidst prosperity and adversity: Insights from happiness studies from around the world.” World Bank Research Observer 26:1 (2011).
“Happiness and health: Lessons and questions for public policy.” Health Affairs 27:1 (2008).
Flexible retirement may be one solution to the challenges of unemployment, aging populations, and public pension burdensCarol Graham, November 2014Flexible work time and retirement options are a potential solution for the challenges of unemployment, aging populations, and unsustainable pensions systems around the world. Voluntary part-time workers in Europe and the US are happier, experience less stress and anger, and are more satisfied with their jobs than other employees. Late-life workers, meanwhile, have higher levels of well-being than retirees. The feasibility of a policy that is based on more flexible work arrangements will vary across economies and sectors, but the ongoing debate about these multi-tiered challenges should at least consider such arrangements.MoreLess