Richard Layard

Centre for Economic Performance, London School of Economics; House of Lords, UK Parliament

Lord Richard Layard is director of the Wellbeing Program at the Center for Economic Performance at the London School of Economics (LSE) and a member of the House of Lords, UK Parliament.

Layard has been affiliated with LSE since 1964. Among other roles, he served as head of the Centre for Labour Economics from 1974 to 1990 and professor of economics from 1980 to 1999. Layard has served in his current role since 2003. From 1961 to 1963, he was senior research officer at the Robbins Committee on Higher Education.

As an MP, Layard has served on the EU Committee and the Economic Affairs Committee. He has also worked as an advisor and consultant for various UK government agencies.

Layard is the author of Happiness: Lessons from a New Science, a contributor to The Origins of Happiness, and the co-editor of the UN World Happiness reports in 2012 and 2013.

Last Updated: March 21, 2018