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Inaugural President's Lecture: Why government should measure hope?

  • 11 May 2022
  • 11:00 AM (EDT)
  • Online Webinar


  • The webinar is free for all participants.

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Inaugural President's Lecture:

Why Government Should Measure Hope? Presented by ISQOLS President, Carol Graham 

11 MAY 2022

8:00 AM PDT/ 11:00 AM EDT/ 5:00 PM CEST


You are cordially invited to the Inaugural President's Lecture, presented by the International Society for Quality-of-Life Studies (ISQOLS). Please join us at this upcoming online event. Registration is free.

Why government should measure hope?

by Carol Graham


Hope is a new dimension in well-being research. Carol Graham will discuss why it is important and even worth inclusion in policy discussions, based on her forthcoming book, Hope and Despair (Princeton Press, 2022). She will discuss this within the broader context of the state of the art in well-being measurement and policy.

Carol Graham is President of the International Society for Quality-of-Life Studies (2021-2022). She is a Leo Pasvolsky Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution, a College Park Professor at the University of Maryland, and a Senior Scientist at Gallup. She served on a National Academy of Sciences panel on well-being metrics for policy in 2012-13, received Pioneer Awards from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation in 2017and 2021, and a Lifetime Distinguished Scholar award from the International Society of Quality of Life Studies in 2018. From 2002-2004, she served as a Vice President at Brookings. She has also served as Special Advisor to the Vice President of the Inter-American Development Bank, as a Visiting Fellow in the Office of the Chief Economist of the World Bank, and as a consultant to the International Monetary Fund and the Harvard Institute for International Development. She is the author of numerous books and articles. Her most recent books are: Happiness for All? Unequal Lives and Hopes in the Land of the Dream (Princeton, 2017); The Pursuit of Happiness: Toward an Economy of Well-Being (Brookings, 2011), also published in Chinese, Japanese, and Korean; and Happiness around the World: the Paradox of Happy Peasants and Miserable Millionaires (Oxford University Press, 2010), also published in Chinese and Portuguese. She has published articles in a range of journals including Science, Social Science and Medicine, the Journal of Population Economics, Perspectives on Psychological Science, World Bank Research Observer; Health Affairs, Health Economics, the Journal of Socio-Economics; the Journal of Development Studies; the Journal of Human Development; and the Journal of Economic Literature; and her work has been reviewed in Science, the New Yorker, the Financial Times, and the New York Review of Books, among others. She is senior editor at Behavioral Science and Policy and an Associate Editor at the Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization. She has an A.B. from Princeton University, an M.A. from Johns Hopkins, a D.Phil from Oxford University, and is the mother of three beautiful children.

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