Skip to content

Paul Dolan

  • Professor of Behavioural Science
  • Expert Advisor
  • Ofgem
  • 107PublicationsNumber of items in Paul's My Publications folder on Mendeley.

Recent publications

  • New Thinking your conversations about charging

    • Dolan P
    • Martin S
  • Correlating clinical indicators of lower-limb ischaemia with quality of life

    • Chetter I
    • Dolan P
    • Spark J
    • et al.

Professional experience

Expert Advisor


June 2012 - Present


World Economic Forum Panel on Behavioural Science

June 2012 - Present

Professor of Behavioural Science

London School of Economics and Political Science, Department of Social Policy

September 2011 - Present


Centre for the Study of Incentives in Health

January 2010 - Present

Visiting Professor

Imperial College London

January 2010 - Present


Institute for Government

January 2010 - Present


National Academicy of Sciences Panel on Wellbieng

January 2010 - Present


Understanding Behaviour Change Research Centre, DfE

January 2010 - Present

Chief Academic Advisor on Economic Appraisal

Government Economic Service

January 2008 - Present


Cabinet Office Behavioural Insights Team

October 2010 - July 2011(9 months)

Professor of Economics

Imperial College Business School

October 2006 - July 2009(3 years)


Centre for Well-being in Public Policy

October 2005 - July 2006(9 months)

Professor of Health Economics

University of Sheffield

October 2000 - July 2006(6 years)

Visiting Research Scholar (with Prof D. Kahneman)

Princeton University

October 2004 - July 2005(9 months)

Professor II in Health Economics

University of Oslo

October 2000 - July 2003(3 years)

Senior Lecture then Reader in Health Economics

University of Sheffield

October 1998 - July 2000(2 years)

Lecturer in Economics

Universities of Newcastle and York

October 1994 - July 1998(4 years)

Research Fellow

Centre for Health Economics, University of York

October 1991 - July 1994(3 years)


Measuring National Wellbeing Advisory Forum


D. Phil Economics "Issues on the valuation of health outcomes"

University of York

October 1994 - July 1997(3 years)

M.Sc. Economics (with distinction)

University of York

October 1990 - July 1991(9 months)

B.Sc. Economics

University of Swansea

October 1986 - July 1989(3 years)

Research interests

natural field experimentseconometric analysis of large data sets and laboratory experimentsapplying behavioural science to change individual behaviourdeveloping measures of subjective well-being for policyBehavioural and health economics


There are two main themes to my work. The first focuses on developing measures of subjective well-being that can be used in policy. The second considers ways in which the lessons from the behavioural sciences can be used to understand and change individual behaviour. Various methods are used to address these issues, including analysis of large datasets using econometric methods and laboratory experiments, but I am especially interested in using natural field experiments to establish real world causal mechanisms.