Carol Graham

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


United States


Spanish - Native speaker, English - Native speaker, French - Non-native speaker

Media experience

Print, Digital, Television, Radio



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Current position

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

Past positions

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

Selected publications

  • 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).