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Measuring National Well-Being – what matters to you?

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6.00 – 7.30 Debate 7.30 Drinks Reception

Cambridge Judge Business School and the Well-Being Institute, University of Cambridge are pleased to host a debate on the measurement of national well-being on behalf of the Office for National Statistics.

This is a public event for which you can register at

The Office for National Statistics is developing a set of measures of national well-being to complement economic measures – such as Gross Domestic Product (GDP) – that until now have underpinned evaluations of ‘how the UK is doing’. The argument is that national well-being cannot be understood by looking at economic measures alone. There is growing demand for wider measures of progress and a more complete picture of ‘how society is doing’.

The National Statistician has launched a nationwide debate with the aim of understanding the dimensions and key features of national well-being – or, more simply, determining what things matter to people. Although there are some existing objective measures that may help understand national well-being (for example around health, education, employment and crime), it seems equally important to understand subjective measures of well-being (how we experience our lives, e.g. how happy and fulfilled we are) – but there is no consensus, and very little available data on such measures. The national debate aims to identify and elaborate key themes that will help to develop credible, robust measures of individual and national well-being, for use in future surveys.

The Cambridge event will take the form of a ‘Question Time’ debate, chaired by the BBC ’s Claudia Hammond. Panellists will be:

  • Jen Beaumont, Social Trends Branch Head, Office for National Statistics
  • Andrew Gamble, Professor of Politics, Head of Department of Politics and International Studies & Associate Fellow of the Centre for Science and Policy, University of Cambridge
  • David Halpern, Director, Behavioural Insights Team, Cabinet Office
  • Felicia Huppert, Professor of Psychology & Director of the Well-Being Institute, University of Cambridge
  • Simon Learmount, Director of the Executive MBA , Judge Business School, University of Cambridge
  • Nic Marks, Founder of the Centre for Well-Being, Fellow at the new economics foundation

This is a public event for which you can register at

You are warmly encouraged to contribute your views and ideas as part of the national debate; you can either submit questions in advance when registering or raise issues from the floor. Please note there is very limited parking at the venue.

The debate and reception is being sponsored by the Cambridge Executive MBA programme.

This talk is part of the Measuring National Well-Being – what matters to you? series.

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