Measuring Well-Being and Progress - Events


Last update: 11 March 2015

Upcoming events

>> 27 Mar. 2015


Workshop on well-being over the life course, OECD Headquarters, Paris, France 

Over the last decade significant progress has been made in the measurement of people’s well-being, however, for these measures to have a significant impact on the design and development of specific policies, we must go beyond simply measuring well-being outcomes. It is important to know, not just the current level and distribution of well-being, but also what drives well-being, and whether the same causal mechanisms apply at different stages of the life course. Subjective well-being is a key area where better information on causality is needed. The OECD, the Centre for Economic Performance of the London School of Economics and the CEPREMAP Well-Being Observatory are jointly organising a workshop on modelling the causes of subjective well-being over the life course of individuals. The workshop will bring together a range of researchers estimating models of the life course determinants of current subjective well-being based on longitudinal data for a number of countries. The objective of the workshop is to present some initial findings from current research in this area and help define the agenda for the future. If you are interested in attending this workshop, please send an email to:


OECD World Forums on “Statistics, Knowledge and Policy”

The OECD World Forums on “Statistics, Knowledge and Policy” gather decision makers, policy actors, social leaders, statisticians and academics to discuss how best to measure and foster the progress of societies. The 5th OECD World Forum on “Statistics, Knowledge and Policy” jointly organised by the National Statistics Office of Mexico (INEGI) and the OECD, will take place in Guadalajara, Mexico on 13-15 October 2015.

>> 16-19 Oct. 2012

  4th OECD World Forum on "Statistics, Knowledge and Policy": Measuring Well-Being for Development and Policy Making, New Delhi, India

The main objectives of the Forum were to further the discussions on the different aspects that make for a good life today and in the future in different countries of the world and to promote the development and use of new measures of well-being for effective and accountable policy-making. Read the Forum's Highlights and Conclusions.

>> 27-30 Oct. 2009


3rd OECD World Forum on "Statistics, Knowledge and Policy", Busan, Korea

>> 27-30 June 2007

  2nd OECD World Forum on "Statistics, Knowledge and Policy", Istanbul, Turkey

>> 10-13 Nov. 2004

  1st OECD World Forum on "Statistics, Knowledge and Policy", Palermo, Italy

Regional conferences

Several regional conferences were organised in the lead up to the 4th OECD World Forum. These events were jointly convened with National Statistical Offices and leading national and regional actors, in collaboration with the OECD Development Centre and the PARIS21 Secretariat. The aim was to deepen on-going reflection on how to measure well-being and the progress of societies, enhance the relevance of measures and analysis for addressing key policy issues, and lead to concrete outputs, such as establishing frameworks for future work.
>> 26-28 June 2012   European Conference on Measuring Well-Being and Fostering the Progress of Societies, OECD Headquarters, Paris, France
The Conference represented the first milestone for the co-ordination activities undertaken as part of the European Framework for Measuring Progress e-Frame EU FP7 project. The conference served as a platform for discussing how best to advance the implementation of the recommendations included in the Final Report of the European Statistical System (ESS) Sponsorship Group on Measuring Progress, Well-Being and Sustainable Development, adopted by the ESS Committee in November 2011.
>> 19-21 Apr. 2012   African Conference on Measuring Well-Being and Fostering the Progress of Societies, Rabat, Morocco
Jointly organised by the OECD Development Centre and the Moroccan High Planning Commission (HCP) in collaboration with the OECD, the African Development Bank (AfDB) and the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (ECA).
>> 5-6 Dec. 2011  

Asian Conference on Measuring and Fostering the Progress of Societies, Tokyo, Japan
Co-organised by the Economic and Social Research Institute of Japan and the OECD.

>> 11-13 May 2011   Latin American Conference on Measuring Well-Being and Fostering the Progress of Societies, Mexico City, Mexico
Co-organised by the National Statistics Office of Mexico (INEGI), the Mexican Consultative Forum on Science and Technology and the OECD.

Past events

>> 14 Jan. 2015  

Workshop on Inequality of Opportunity, Paris, France

The High-Level Expert Group on the Measurement of Economic Performance and Social Progress (HLEG) held a thematic workshop on Inequality of Opportunity. This event, organised in collaboration with the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, brought together members of the HLEG subgroup on Multidimensional and Global Inequalities and other international experts in inequalities to develop concrete recommendations and help move the multidimensional and global inequalities agenda forward.  

>> 27-28 Nov. 2014  

Joint OECD-EC Seminar on “Job Quality, Labour Market Performance and Well-Being”, Brussels, Belgium

The jobs people hold are an important determinant of their well-being as most people spend a substantial part of their time at work and work for a significant part of their life. Beyond its direct impact on individual well-being, job quality affects labour force participation, workers' commitment and firms' productivity, and thus also has an impact on the labour market and on economic performance. Yet, despite the importance of job quality, much of the international policy debate has focused on quantitative outcomes and neglected the qualitative dimensions of work. The aim of this technical seminar was to bring job quality to the forefront of the policy debate by presenting recent and on-going work by the OECD on job quality and sharing expertise with leading academics and key stakeholders in this field. It included a comparative perspective on frameworks developed by the OECD, other international organisations and academics through themed sessions that addressed the key conceptual and measurement aspects of job quality, such as earnings, labour-market security and the quality of the work environment. The seminar also layed out the directions for future research and measurement development in this field. 

 >> 24-26 Nov. 2014  

International Forum of Well-being and Development Policy, Guadalajara, Mexico

The objective of this forum, organised by the Government of the State of Jalisco and co-sponsored by the OECD, was to launch a platform to enable discussion and the development of a work agenda on well-being, quality of life and development policies with the aim of encouraging Latin American governments, especially at the sub-national level, to include this approach in their policies and planning. With a sub national governmental level perspective, the discussion assesed to what extent issues related to well-being, quality of life, happiness and development have an effect in governmental public policy formulation in Latin American Region.  

>> 7 Nov. 2014  

Well-being as Business Purpose?, OECD Headquarters, Paris, France 

The OECD and the Humanistic Management Network jointly organised a conference on well-being and business. One of the objectives of the conference was to examine whether the well-being of stakeholders can become an alternative business purpose; one that legitimises business activity within society and with other stakeholders, including investors. Such a focus would represent a paradigm shift in how we think about the purpose of business. Serving the common good requires that firms ensure they can balance a multitude of stakeholders, not only in financial terms but also in psychological, social and environmental terms. Opportunities and the potential of business to deliver on well-being at the societal, organisational and individual levels were explored. These opportunities may positively affect the sustainability of business models and allow firms to grow and prosper faster and longer over time. 

>> 30-31 Oct. 2014  

Workshop on Multidimensional Subjective Well-Being, Turin, Italy

The High-Level Expert Group on the Measurement of Economic Performance and Social Progress (HLEG) held a thematic workshop on Multidimensional Subjective Well-Being. This event, organised in collaboration with the Herbert Simon Society and the Collegio Carlo Alberto, brought together members of the HLEG subgroup on subjective well-being, other international experts in subjective well-being, as well as several local well-being experts to develop concrete recommendations and help move the subjective well-being agenda forward.

>> 24 Sept. 2014  

Policy Seminar on Europeans’ Personal and Social Well-Being, OECD Headquarters, Paris, France

The European Social Survey (ESS) is a biennial social survey charting stability and change of Europeans’ social attitudes and behaviours. During the seminar, findings from the Personal and Social Well-Being module (rounds 3 and 6) used in the most recent wave of the ESS were presented. This module contributes significantly to filling some of the key knowledge gaps identified by the Stiglitz-Sen-Fitoussi report. In particular, the module addresses key information gaps relating to measures of subjective well-being beyond the commonly used measures of life satisfaction. This seminar was organised as part of the ESS Policy Seminars series.  

>> 22-23 Sept. 2014  

Workshop on Intra-generational and Inter-generational Sustainability, Rome, Italy

The High-Level Expert Group on the Measurement of Economic Performance and Social Progress (HLEG) held its first thematic workshop on Sustainability that addressed “Intra-generational and Inter-generational Sustainability”. This workshop was organised in conjunction with the 2nd IEA-ISI Strategic Forum, sponsored by SAS, and hosted by the Einaudi Institute for Economics and Finance and the Bank of Italy. The IEA-ISI Strategic Forum it a joint initiative of the International Economic Association (IEA) and the International Statistical Institute (ISI) who have decided to promote the development of new measurement and analytical frameworks and tools for “equitable and sustainable well-being”. This initiative brings together statisticians, economists and other experts to develop, discuss and promote new ideas on the measurement of well-being. The first Forum took place on 1-2 July 2013 and focused on “The Measurement of the Cost of Long and Deep Recessions: Beyond GDP”.  

>> 23-24 June 2014  

Workshop on Subjective Well-Being: Measurement and Policy Use, OECD Headquarters, Paris, France

The OECD organised a workshop on subjective well-being that aimed to bring together data producers, policy professionals, and leading academics, to share their expertise on the best ways to measure subjective well-being, and the latest developments in using the data to improve policy-making. This workshop was an opportunity to take stock of recent developments, strengthen the network of practitioners that already exists in Europe, and build a deeper understanding of subjective well-being for both data producers and data users.  

>> 17-20 June 2014  

2nd International Conference on Governance, Crime and Justice Statistics, Mexico City, Mexico

The OECD participated with the National Statistics Office of Mexico (INEGI) and the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) in the organisation of an international conference on measuring governance, crime and justice systems. Conclusions from this conference will feed into several important fora, including the United Nations Statistical Commission, the UN Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice, the Post-2015 Development Agenda and the 5th OECD World Forum on "Statistics, Knowledge and Policy". 

>> 23 May 2014  

Policy Seminar on Europeans’ understandings and evaluations of democracy, OECD Headquarters, Paris, France

The European Social Survey (ESS) is a biennial social survey charting stability and change of Europeans’ social attitudes and behaviours. Round 6 of the ESS, which was fielded in 29 European countries in 2012, included a dedicated module on Europeans’ understandings and evaluations of democracy.  During the seminar, the ESS ERIC Director provided an overview of the ESS followed by consideration of the methodological issues that arose when developing the module.  Preliminary findings from 23 countries were then presented by members of the question module design team. This seminar was organised as part of the ESS Policy Seminars series. Click here for the agenda and presentations.

>>14 Jan. 2014  

Workshop on "Alternative indicators to GDP: to do what?", OECD Headquarters, Paris, France

This workshop was organised by the Institute for Sustainable Development and International Relations (IDDRI), an independent policy institute based in Paris and gathered Martine Durand, Director of the OECD Statistics Directorate, Florence Jany-Catrice, Economist and Professor at Lille University and Eloi Laurent, Economist at the OFCE and Professor at Sciences Po Paris.

>> 4 Dec. 2013  

Hearing on "Measuring societal progress - challenges for Europe", Brussels, Belgium

During the Europe 2020 Steering Committee, and in close co-operation with the European Economic and Social Committee, the OECD participated in a hearing on "Measuring societal progress - challenges for Europe" and presented the main findings of the How's Life? report. The meeting gathered representatives from the Economic and Social Committee in the EU as well as researchers and representatives from civil society. 

>> 5 Nov. 2013  

Launch of OECD report: How's Life? 2013, Brussels, Belgium

The OECD launched the 2013 edition of its How's Life? report at the European Press Club in Brussels.

>> 8 Sept. 2013  

Workshop on subjective well-being – Measurement and policy use, Columbia University, New York, United States

Following the launch of the OECD Guidelines on Measuring Subjective Well-beingthe first set of international guidelines on measuring subjective well-being, the OECD organised a workshop on subjective well-being. This one-day workshop brought together policy-makers, data producers, world-renowned academics, and OECD experts to  discuss the measurement of subjective well-being and hear about their experiences in using subjective well-being measurement to improve decision making. This workshop was the first of a series of three OECD workshops on measuring subjective well-being taking place, respectively in the Americas, Europe, and the Asia-Pacific region. It was held in conjunction with the launch of the second edition of the "World Happiness Report".

>> 3-5 July 2013   OECD-Universities Joint Conference: Economics for a Better World, OECD Headquarters, Paris, France

This was the third international conference of economists interested in welfare economics and public policy broadly defined. This conference followd those organised in Oxford (July 2009) and Paris (July 2011). The conference was informed by the work done over the past decade by economists, statisticians and social analysts to develop broad measures of well-being, and touched on some of the well-being dimensions included in the OECD's work in this area. The conference included three major strands: policy and empirical economics; economic theory; and econometrics.

>> 24 May 2013


Seminar on Social Inequalities and Mortality, OECD Headquarters, Paris, France

Johan Mackenbach described socio-economic inequalities in mortality and self-assessed health observed at the country level in both North America and Europe, while shedding light on the contribution of specific risk factors.

>> 21 Jan. 2013


Economic Crisis, the Quality of Work and Social Integration: The European Experience in the Great Recession, OECD Headquarters, Paris, France

This seminar, jointly organised by the OECD and the European Social Survey, presented findings from the European Social Survey and gathered some of the most prominent researchers working on the relationship between the quality of work and quality of life.

>> 22-23 Nov. 2011


Conference on Economic Insecurity Measurement, Causes and Policy Implications, OECD Headquarters, Paris, France

The objective of the conference, co-organised by the International Association for Research in Income and Wealth (IARIW) and the OECD, was to deepen the understanding of economic insecurity from both a theoretical and empirical perspective.

>> 12 Oct. 2011  

Conference "Two years after the Stiglitz-Sen-Fitoussi report: What well-being and sustainability measures?",  OECD Headquarters, Paris, France

This conference, co-organised by France and the OECD, aimed to deepen on-going reflection on responses and policy implications, following the recommendations of the Stiglitz-Sen-Fitoussi Commission. On this occasion, the OECD launched the first edition of its How's Life? report.

>> 6-8 July 2011


Conference on New Directions in Welfare, OECD Headquarters, Paris, France

This event, co-organised by The Open University, Oxford University, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology and the OECD, gathered researchers and academics working in welfare economics. It aimed to deepen the dialogue between policy-makers and the academic community, and to engage the latter in a discussion on policies to improve people's well-being.

>> 24-25 May 2011


OECD 50th Anniversary Forum, OECD Headquarters, Paris, France

During the OECD's 50th Anniversary Forum around the theme "Better Policies for Better Lives", a session was dedicated to measuring progress. It is on this occasion that the OECD Better Life Initiative was launched.


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