Alex Bryson

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    Work improves general happiness, but are you happy while you work?

Work improves general happiness, but are you happy while you work?

Most research on happiness relies on surveys that ask people to reflect back on and evaluate their experiences ‘these days’ or ‘nowadays’. In doing so, respondents usually attach weight to events that are related to their overall sense of wellbeing or satisfaction with their lives.

These studies find consistent evidence that paid work contributes substantially to overall life satisfaction and […]

Can we solve the UK’s productivity puzzle?

The 2008 market crisis was notable in the UK relative to previous recessions for three things: the enormity of the output shock; the muted unemployment response; and the very slow rate of recovery. The initial drop in GDP of 5 per cent was steeper than in previous recessions and the UK economy has performed particularly poorly in the years since.

In 2014, […]