Jan-Emmanuel De Neve (born 14 March 1979) is a Belgian economist and professor at the University of Oxford where he directs the Wellbeing Research Centre. De Neve is also the KSI Fellow and Vice-Principal of Harris Manchester College. He is best known for his research on the economics of wellbeing[1][2] which has led to new insights into the relationship between wellbeing and income,[3] productivity,[4] economic growth,[5][6] and inequality.[7] His research was selected among "The Management Ideas that Mattered Most" by Harvard Business Review[8] and he was awarded the Ruut Veenhoven Award for his contributions to the scientific study of happiness.[9]

Jan-Emmanuel De Neve
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Jan-Emmanuel De Neve at PopTech conference
BornMarch 14, 1979
InstitutionUniversity of Oxford
School or
Behavioral economics
Alma materLondon School of Economics
Harvard University
InfluencesJohn Kenneth Galbraith
Richard Layard

De Neve is an associate editor of the World Happiness Report.


  1. ^ Rahim, Zamira. "Norway Is Happiest Country in the World. What's the Secret?". Time. Retrieved 2017-10-01.
  2. ^ Morrison, Lennox. "The many upsides of a happy workforce". BBC. Retrieved 2017-10-01.
  3. ^ Jha, Alok; correspondent, science. "Happy teenagers earn more as adults". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 2017-10-01.
  4. ^ Lufkin, Bryan. "Just how short could we make the working week?". BBC. Retrieved 2018-09-23.
  5. ^ Harford, Tim. "Why are recessions so depressing?". Financial Times. Retrieved 2017-10-21.
  6. ^ Lam, Bourree. "Why Don't Boom-Times Make People Happier?". The Atlantic. Retrieved 2017-10-21.
  7. ^ "Income Inequality Makes Whole Countries Less Happy". Harvard Business Review. Retrieved 2017-10-21.
  8. ^ "The Management Ideas That Mattered Most in 2016". Harvard Business Review. Retrieved 2017-10-21.
  9. ^ "Ruut Veenhoven Award 2015". www.eur.nl. Erasmus Universiteit Rotterdam. 2017-06-27. Retrieved 2017-10-21.CS1 maint: others (link)

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