Jan-Emmanuel de Neve

Jan-Emmanuel De Neve

Associate Professor of Economics and Strategy

Saïd Business School
University of Oxford
Park End Street


Jan's research interests are in behavioural economics, public policy and human wellbeing.


His research has been published in academic outlets such as Science, Nature, The Review of Economics and Statistics, Psychological Science, and The Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS). The underlying theme throughout his research is the study of human wellbeing. This ongoing research agenda has led to new insights in the relationship between happiness and income, productivity, economic growth, and inequality. His research was selected among 'The Management Ideas that Mattered Most in 2016' by the Harvard Business Review and he was awarded the inaugural Ruut Veenhoven Award in 2015 for his contributions to the scientific study of happiness.

Jan has joined John Helliwell, Richard Layard, and Jeffrey Sachs as an associate editor of the World Happiness Report. He is a member of the Global Happiness Council and chairs its Workplace Wellbeing committee.

He is a frequent advisor to governments and businesses, including the Gallup Organization and start-ups such as Psychological Technologies, Aula, and Butterfly AI.

Prior to joining Oxford, Jan was Assistant Professor in Political Economy and Behavioural Science at University College London and a Visiting Professor in Economics and Political Science at INSEAD. He is affiliated with the Centre for Economic Performance at LSE and with the Centre for Experimental Social Sciences at Nuffield College.

Jan obtained his PhD from the London School of Economics and was a Fulbright Scholar at Harvard University. His research and commentary regularly feature in the media, including in The Economist, the Financial Times, the Harvard Business Review, and on the BBC. He is a frequent speaker at academic and non-academic conferences, including at PopTech and TED.

Alongside his role at Saïd Business School, Jan is a Fellow of Harris Manchester College at the University of Oxford.

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Work in progress:

'Employee happiness, productivity, and customer satisfaction: Evidence from a large-scale firm experiment' (with Clement Bellet and George Ward) 

'To work or not to work? Pay inequality, unhappiness, and motivation' (with Filip Gesiarz and Tali Sharot)

'Employee wellbeing, managerial practices, and firm performance: Evidence and case studies'

'Can happiness predict electoral outcomes? Evidence from the 2016 US presidential election' (with George Ward, Lyle Ungar, and Johannes Eichstaedt)

'How to improve tax compliance? Evidence from countrywide experiments in Belgium' (with Clement Imbert, Maarten Luts, Johannes Spinnewijn, and Teodora Tsankova)

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Jan teaches on the economics of wellbeing, political economy, market and non-market strategy.

He previously taught at Harvard, INSEAD, and University College London. He has been awarded multiple teaching prizes.


Jan supervises doctoral candidates.

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