Professor of Economics and Behavioural Science
Andrew Oswald is a Professor of Economics and Behavioural Science at the University of Warwick. His research is principally in applied economics and quantitative social science. It currently includes the empirical study of job satisfaction, human happiness, unemployment, labour productivity, and the influence of diet on psychological well-being. He serves on the board of editors of Science. Previously at Oxford and the London School of Economics, with spells as Lecturer, Princeton University (1983-4); De Walt Ankeny Professor of Economics, Dartmouth College (1989-91); Jacob Wertheim Fellow, Harvard University (2005); Visiting Fellow, Cornell University (2008); Research Director, IZA Bonn (2011-12); Visiting Fellow, University of Zurich (2016); Visiting Fellow, Yale University (2016). He is an ISI Highly-Cited Researcher.
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Latest papers below
"Was Brexit Triggered by the Old and Unhappy? Or by Financial Feelings?"
with Federica Liberini, Eugenio Proto and Michela Redoano,
"Advertising as a Major Source of Human Dissatisfaction: Cross-National Evidence on One Million Europeans"
with Chloe Michel, Michelle Sovinsky and Eugenio Proto, January 2019
"How Common are Bad Bosses?"
with Benjamin Artz and Amanda H Goodall, September 2018
"Is Envy Harmful to a Society's Psychological Health and Wellbeing?
A Longitudinal Study of 18,000 Adults."
with Redzo Mujcic, published in Social Science & Medicine, 2018.
"Unhappiness and Pain in Modern America: A Review Essay."
with David G. Blanchflower, forthcoming in the Journal of Economic Literature.
"Was Brexit Caused by the Unhappy and the Old?"
October 2017, with Federica Liberini, Eugenio Proto and Michela Redoano
"How Much Should University Vice-Chancellors Be Paid?"
September 2017. Newspaper article forthcoming in the Times Higher Education.
"Do Humans Suffer a Psychological Low in Midlife? Two Approaches
(With and Without Controls) in Seven Data Sets"
August 2017 with David G. Blanchflower
"Antidepressants for Economists and Business-School Researchers: An Introduction and Review"
August 2017, with Aleksandra Katolik
"Female Suicide and the Concept of the Midlife Crisis"
May 2017, with Ahmed Tohamy
"Female Babies and Risk-Aversion: Causal Evidence from Hospital Wards",
with Ganna Pogrebna and David Haig, published in the Journal of Health Economics, 2018.
University of Warwick, 2017
"If Your Boss Could Do Your Job, You're More Likely to Be Happy at Work"
Benjamin Artz , Amanda Goodall & Andrew J. Oswald. Harvard Business Review (digital article)
December 29, 2016
"Do Women Ask?"
Benjamin Artz, Amanda H. Goodall, and Andrew J. Oswald, forthcoming in Industrial Relations: A Journal of Economy and Society, 2018.
"Evolution of Well-being and Happiness after Increases in the Consumption of Fruit and Vegetables"
(with Redzo Mujcic). Published in American Journal of Public Health, 2016.
"Antidepressants and Age: A New Form of Evidence for U-Shaped Well-being Through Life"
(with D. Blanchflower). Published in the Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, 2016.
"Happiness and Productivity" with Eugenio Proto, and Daniel Sgroi, University of Warwick, UK, and IZA Bonn, Germany, March 2014. Published in the Journal of Labor Economics, 2015.
"National Well-being Policy and a Weighted Approach to Human Feelings" with Gus O'Donnell. Published in the journal Ecological Economics, 2015.
"Boss Competence and Worker Well-being"with Benjamin Artz and Amanda H Goodall. Published in Industrial and Labor Relations Review 2017
"Longitudinal Evidence for a Midlife Nadir in Human Well-being: Results from Four Data Sets,"
with Terence C. Cheng and Nattavudh Powdthavee. Published in Economic Journal 2017.
"National Happiness and Genetic Distance: A Cautious Exploration" with Eugenio Proto. Published in Economic Journal 2017.
"Does Money Make People Right-Wing and Inegalitarian? A Longitudinal Study of Lottery Winners"
with Nattavudh Powdthavee, February 2014
"Longitudinal Evidence for a Midlife Nadir in Human Well-being: Results from Four Data Sets"
with Terence C. Cheng and Nattavudh Powdthavee, February 2014
"Human Well-being and In-Work Benefits: A Randomized Controlled Trial"
with Richard Dorsett, February 2014
"The Danger of High Home Ownership: Greater Unemployment"
a recent presentation at Chatham House in London.
"How should peer-review panels behave?"
with Daniel Sgroi, Economic Journal.
Does High Home-Ownership Impair the Labor Market?
David G. Blanchflower and Andrew J. Oswald, May 2013
Things I would have found it useful to have been told when I was a young researcher:
Tuesday April 30 2013 Event on Publishing Thoughts and Advice for Young Faculty: Some Notes
"Happiness as a driver of risk-avoiding behavior: Theory and an empirical study of seatbelt wearing and automobile accidents",
Robert J B Goudie, Sach Mukherjee, JanEmmanuel De Neve, Steven Wu and Andrew J. Oswald
"Evidence for a midlife crisis in great apes consistent with the U-shape in human well-being",
Alexander Weiss, James E. King, Miho Inoue-Murayama, Tetsuro Matsuzawa, and Andrew J. Oswald
Published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the USA, 2012.
The Happiness of Apes through Life
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Pictured with Johanna Wallenius (University of Stockholm), Eric Maskin (Harvard), Dan McFadden (Berkeley), David Bloom (Harvard School of Public Health), and Sarah Harper (Oxford).
Photos from the 2012 EALE conference in Bonn at which Sandra Black was a keynote speaker
and Richard Blundell received the IZA Prize