Thursday, April 22, 2021

Literature on Well-Being and Covid Policy

As promised to a number of readers, below some papers that might be useful for those working on well-being in context of covid polices. This is not in any way intended as an exhaustive list but might be useful for people looking to get a grounding in what is becoming quite a large literature.

Anand, P. (2020). The economy of wellbeing: a focus on health and wellbeing helps with priority setting. bmj, 370.

Anand, P., Blanchflower, D., Bovens, L., De Neve, J. E., Graham, C., Nolan, B., ... & Thoma, J. (2020). Post-Covid 19 economic development and policy: submitted as recommendations to the Scottish economic recovery group.

Arthi, V., & Parman, J. (2021). Disease, downturns, and wellbeing: Economic history and the long-run impacts of COVID-19. Explorations in Economic History, 79, 101381.

Bell, B., Codreanu, M., & Machin, S. (2020). What can previous recessions tell us about the Covid-19 downturn?. Centre for Economic Performance, London School of Economics and Political Science

Banks, J., Karjalainen, H., & Propper, C. (2020). Recessions and health: The long‐term health consequences of responses to the coronavirus. Fiscal Studies, 41(2), 337-344.

Bendau, A., Petzold, M. B., Pyrkosch, L., Maricic, L. M., Betzler, F., Rogoll, J., ... & Plag, J. (2021). Associations between COVID-19 related media consumption and symptoms of anxiety, depression and COVID-19 related fear in the general population in Germany. European Archives of Psychiatry and Clinical Neuroscience, 271(2), 283-291.

Brodeur, A., Clark, A. E., Fleche, S., & Powdthavee, N. (2021). COVID-19, lockdowns and well-being: Evidence from Google Trends. Journal of public economics, 193, 104346.

Clark, A., De Neve, J. E., Fancourt, D., Hey, N., Krekel, C., Layard, R., & O'Donnell, G. (2020). When to release the lockdown: a wellbeing framework for analysing costs and benefits (No. 049). Centre for Economic Performance, LSE.

Cresswell-Smith, J., Amaddeo, F., Donisi, V., Forsman, A. K., Kalseth, J., Martin-Maria, N., ... & Walhbeck, K. (2019). Determinants of multidimensional mental wellbeing in the oldest old: a rapid review. Social psychiatry and psychiatric epidemiology, 54(2), 135-144.

Cylus, J., & Smith, P. C. (2020). The economy of wellbeing: what is it and what are the implications for health?. bmj, 369.

De Neve, J. E., Clark, A. E., Krekel, C., Layard, R., & O’donnell, G. (2020). Taking a wellbeing years approach to policy choice. bmj, 371.

Department of Health and Social Care, UK (2021) COVID-19 mental health and wellbeing recovery action plan. Retrieved from

Flèche, S., Clark, A. E., Layard, R., Powdthavee, N., & Ward, G. (2019). The origins of happiness: the science of well-being over the life course. Princeton University Press.

Frijters, P., Clark, A. E., Krekel, C., & Layard, R. (2020). A happy choice: wellbeing as the goal of government. Behavioural Public Policy, 4(2), 126-165.

House of Lords public services committee. A critical juncture for public services: lessons from covid-19. 13 November 2020.

Inter-Agency Standing Committee. (2020). Interim briefing note: Addressing mental health and psychosocial aspects of COVID-19 outbreak. Geneva: Inter‐agency Standing Committee.

Joffe, A. R. (2021). COVID-19: Rethinking the lockdown groupthink. Frontiers in public health, 9, 98.

Koh, P. K. K., Chan, L. L., & Tan, E. K. (2020). Messaging Fatigue and Desensitisation to Information During Pandemic. Archives of Medical Research.

Lara, E., Martín-María, N., Forsman, A. K., Cresswell-Smith, J., Donisi, V., Ådnanes, M., ... & Miret, M. (2020). Understanding the multi-dimensional mental well-being in late life: Evidence from the perspective of the oldest old population. Journal of Happiness Studies, 21(2), 465-484.

Lades, L., Laffan, K., Daly, M., & Delaney, L. (2020). Daily emotional well-being during the COVID-19 pandemic. British Journal of Health Psychology, 25, 902-911.

Layard, R. (2019). A spending review to increase wellbeing: an open letter to the Chancellor, 2019. All Party Parliament Group on Wellbeing Econmics. Retrieved from:

Layard, R., Clark, A., De Neve, J. E., Krekel, C., Fancourt, D., Hey, N., & O'Donnell, G. (2020). When to release the lockdown? A wellbeing framework for analysing costs and benefits.

Layard, R., & Oparina, E. (2021) Living Long and Living Well: The WELLBY Approach. World Happiness Report 2021, 191.

Mayhew, K., & Anand, P. (2020). COVID-19 and the UK Labour Market. Oxford Review of Economic Policy, 36(Supplement_1), S215-S224.

OECD (2020), How's Life? 2020: Measuring Well-being, OECD Publishing, Paris,

Office for National Statistics. Personal well-being in the UK, quarterly: April 2011 to September 2020. Available at:

Office for National Statistics. Personal and economic well-being in Great Britain: January 2021. Available at:

Office for National Statistics. Coronavirus and the social impacts on behaviours during different lockdown periods, Great Britain: up to February 2021. Available at:

Office for National Statistics. Well-being. Available at:

Oswald, A. J., & O’Donnell, G. (2015). National Well-being Policy and a Weighted Approach to Human Feelings (No. 1071). University of Warwick, Department of Economics.

Pelly, D., Daly, M., Delaney, L., & Doyle, O. (under review). Worker well-being before and during the Covid-19 restrictions: A longitudinal study in the UK. PsyArXiv.

Walker, S., Griffin, S., Asaria, M., Tsuchiya, A., & Sculpher, M. (2019). Striving for a societal perspective: a framework for economic evaluations when costs and effects fall on multiple sectors and decision makers. Applied health economics and health policy, 17(5), 577-590.

World Health Organization. (2020). Mental health and psychosocial considerations during the COVID-19 outbreak, 18 March 2020 (No. WHO/2019-nCoV/MentalHealth/2020.1). World Health Organization.

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