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John F. Helliwell Economist

John F. Helliwell studies well-being, especially in its social context. His involvement in the editing of the United Nations World Happiness Report has sparked a worldwide discussion on well-being, society, and government policy. His areas of interest include well-being, social capital, applied macroeconomics, international economics, comparative economic growth, and natural resource economics.

Awards

Queen's Golden Jubilee Award, Canada, 2003.

Donner Prize, 2002-3.

Officer of the Order of Canada, 1987.

Elected Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, 1976.

Relevant Publications

J.F. Helliwell, "Social norms, happiness, and the environment: closing the circle," SSPP, vol. 10, no. 1, 2014.

Books

J. F. Helliwell, How Much Do National Borders Matter? Washington: Brookings Institution Press, 2000.

J. F. Helliwell, Globalization and Well-Being, and Well-Being for Public Policy. Vancouver: UBC Press, 2002.

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Appointments

Program Co-Director Social Interactions, Identity & Well Being

Senior Fellow Social Interactions, Identity & Well Being

Institution

University of British ColumbiaVancouver School of Economics

Education

PhD Oxford University

MA Oxford University

B.Comm. University of British Columbia

Country

Canada

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The 2015 World Happiness Report

The 2015 World Happiness Report, co-edited by CIFAR Senior Fellow John Helliwell, was published April 23. Canada ranked fifth happiest country in the world.