Select Committee on Happiness and Public Policy Outcomes

California State Assembly
Professor Jan-Emmanuel De Neve (Oxford)

This Select Committee hearing will focus on happiness and possible public policy solutions across different age groups: youth and young adults, midlife, and seniors.

Panelists, including academics, scientists, and policy experts, will focus on issues such as social media’s impact on happiness among young people, barriers to happiness in middle age, and recommendations to boost senior happiness and end loneliness, a public health crisis that experts say is growing nationwide.

Panelists for the hearing include:

  • Jan Emmanuel De Neve – Editor, World Happiness Report, and Professor of Economics and Director of the Wellbeing Research Centre at University of Oxford
  • Angelo Williams – Chief Deputy Director, First 5 California
  • Martha Dominguez Brinkley – Deputy Director of Program Innovation and Evaluation, First 5 California
  • Amanda Guyer – Associate Director, UC Davis Center for Mind and Brain
  • David Blanchflower – Professor of Economics, Dartmouth University
  • Susan Charles – Professor of Psychological Science, University of California, Irvine
  • Susan DeMarois – Director, California Department of Aging
  • Carol Larson – Senior Research Scholar, Stanford Center on Longevity

This hearing will be livestreamed via the California State Assembly website.