Andrew J. Oswald is at Warwick Business School.
Emotional Prosperity and the Stiglitz Commission
Version of Record online: 19 OCT 2010
© Blackwell Publishing Ltd/London School of Economics 2010
British Journal of Industrial Relations
Volume 48, Issue 4, pages 651–669, December 2010
How to Cite
Oswald, A. J. (2010), Emotional Prosperity and the Stiglitz Commission. British Journal of Industrial Relations, 48: 651–669. doi: 10.1111/j.1467-8543.2010.00818.x
- Issue online: 19 OCT 2010
- Version of Record online: 19 OCT 2010
- Final version accepted on 10 May 2010.
This article argues — in line with the proposals of the recent Stiglitz Commission on the Measurement of Economic Performance and Social Progress — that we should now be measuring a nation's emotional prosperity rather than its economic prosperity (i.e. we ought to focus on the level of mental well-being, not on the number of pounds in people's bank accounts). The article reviews recent ideas in this field. It also describes seven recent studies that, worryingly, suggest that emotional prosperity may be declining through time. For labour-market specialists, a key question for future research is how much this downward trend can be traced back to increased pressures in working life. That question currently remains open.