Paul Dolan (academic)

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Paul Dolan
Born (1968-05-10) 10 May 1968 (age 46)
London, United Kingdom
Nationality British
Alma mater University of York
Awards Philip Leverhulme Prize in economics for contribution to health economics
Main interests Behavioural sciences

Paul Dolan (born 10 May 1968), London[1] is a Professor in the Department of Social Policy at the London School of Economics and Political Science and holds a Chair in Behavioural Science.[2]


Dolan gained his degree in economics from Swansea University in 1989. His masters and degree both came from University of York in 1991 and 1997 respectively.[1]


He is an author of the “Mindspace” report published by the UK Cabinet Office which seeks to apply lessons from the psychological and behavioural sciences to social policy.[3] Last year he appeared at the Hay Festival in Cartegena, Colombia[4] and discussed the role of modern technology and happiness, as well as his work on experiences of purpose,[5] attention, and happiness. Paul Dolan is researching the happiness hit from the 2012 Olympic Games.[6]

Dolan wrote the book Happiness by Design, with forward by Nobel Prize winner Daniel Kahneman.[7]


In 2002 he won the Philip Leverhulme Prize in economics for his contribution to health economics; in particular, for his work on QALYs (quality adjusted life years).[8]

Selected bibliography[edit]


  • Dolan, Paul; Olsen, Jan Abel (2002). Distributing health care: economic and ethical issues. Oxford New York: Oxford University Press. ISBN 9780192632531. 
  • Dolan, Paul (2014). Happiness by design: change what you do, not how you think. New York: Hudson Street Press. ISBN 9781594632433. 

Journal articles[edit]



  1. ^ a b Dolan, Paul. Curriculum Vitae: Paul Dolan. California, US: University of Southern California, Dornsife: College of Letters, Arts and Sciences. Retrieved 11 June 2014. 
  2. ^ "Paul Dolan - profile". London School of Economics. 7 June 2012. Retrieved 1 October 2013. 
  3. ^ "MINDSPACE Behavioural Economics". The Institute for Government. Retrieved 1 October 2013. 
  4. ^ Hay Festival. "Hay Festival Cartagena 2013: Why the secret of happiness is turning off your mobile phone". Telegraph. Retrieved 1 October 2013. 
  5. ^ White M and Dolan P, Accounting for the richness of our daily activities, Psychological Science, 20, 8, 1000-1008, 2009.
  6. ^ "Will the Olympics make us happier?". Retrieved 1 October 2013. 
  7. ^ Dolan, Paul (2014). Happiness by design: change what you do, not how you think. New York: Hudson Street Press. ISBN 9781594632433. 
  8. ^ "Philip Leverhulme Prizes 2002". The Leverhulme Trust. Retrieved 1 October 2013. 

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