George Ward

Mary Ewart Junior Research Fellow;

I am a Junior Research Fellow at the University of Oxford.

My main research interests are in the ‘human side’ of the future of work, the emotional bases of political behavior, and the economic determinants of subjective wellbeing (or “happiness”).

My work has been published in various academic journals including the Review of Economics and Statistics, Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, and American Journal of Political Science. I am also passionate about science communication and public engagement, and have written about my research for various outlets including Harvard Business Review, VoxEU, The Conversation, SPSP Character & Context, The Hill, and UN World Happiness Report. My research has also been featured by news outlets including The Economist, Financial Times, BBC, CNN, The Atlantic, Business Insider, Newsweek, and The Guardian.


Research Papers

The Asymmetric Experience of Positive and Negative Economic Growth: Global Evidence Using Subjective Well-Being Data. Jan-Emmanuel De Neve, George Ward, Femke De Keulenaer, Bert Van Landeghem, Georgios Kavetsos, and Mike Norton. Review of Economics and Statistics, 2018, 100(2): 362–375

Happiness and Voting: Evidence from Four Decades of Elections in Europe. George Ward. American Journal of Political Science, 2020, 64(3): 504-518

(Un)Happiness and Voting in U.S. Presidential Elections. George Ward, Jan-Emmanuel De Neve, Lyle Ungar, and Johannes Eichstaedt. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 2021, 120(2), 370–383

Does Employee Happiness Have an Impact on Productivity? Clément Bellet, Jan-Emmanuel de Neve, and George Ward. Revise & Resubmit at Management Science

The Role of Negative Affect in Shaping Populist Support: Converging Evidence from the Field. George Ward, Andrew Schwartz, Salvatore Giorgi, Jochen Menges, and Sandra Matt. Reject & Resubmit at Journal of Personality and Social Psychology

Workplace Happiness and Employee Recruitment: Evidence From a Field Experiment. George Ward.

Work Centrality and the Relationship Between Stress and (Un)Happiness. George Ward, Hanne Collins, Mike Norton, and Ashley Whillans.

Book Chapters

What Makes for a Good Job? Evidence Using Subjective Wellbeing Data, in M. Rojas (Ed.), The Economics of Happiness, Springer, 2019, pp. 241-268

Happiness and Voting Behaviour. 2019, UN World Happiness Report

Happiness at Work. 2017, UN World Happiness Report

Work and Wellbeing during COVID-19: Impact, Inequalities, Resilience, and the Future of Work. 2021, UN World Happiness Report

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