Economic Impacts of Wellbeing

Helping clients to put a monetary figure on different wellbeing factors, from sleep to physical activity, using econometric analyses

Research, commentary, and events

  • A person in pajamas and slippers walking to the bathroom at the night, photo by Sergey Dogadin/Getty Images

    Commentary

    Waking up to the costs of nocturia

    18 Jun 2019

    Nocturia is a troublesome lower urinary tract condition that causes people to wake up two or more times a night to empty their bladder. Researchers calculated the overall economic cost associated with nocturia in a working-age population across six countries.

  • Women dancing in a gym, photo by FatCamera/Getty Images

    Commentary

    The right kind of incentive can help people to stay active

    30 Apr 2019

    Having the motivation to keep exercising regularly can be challenging for many of us. So what will motivate people to keep heading out the door, whether it's for a swim or to the gym, for some much-needed activity?

  • A woman sleeping in her bed

    Commentary

    Britain's productivity problem begins in the bedroom

    15 Feb 2018

    Productivity growth in the UK has seen its weakest decade since the 1820s. Chancellor Hammond increased the size of a national productivity fund to £31bn. While building people's skills and investing in infrastructure can boost productivity, the problem could also be solved if people got more sleep.

  • Father and baby asleep

    Commentary

    How young kids causing sleepless nights drove me to sleep research

    03 Oct 2017

    RAND Europe's Marco Hafner discusses how sleep troubles related to raising two young children spurred him to study how insufficient sleep impacts productivity at work, mortality, academic performance, and even national economies.

  • Man yawning at a desk in an office

    Commentary

    Why sleep matters to the world's bottom line

    27 Sep 2017

    Sleep and sleep loss matters to all aspects of society, from an individual's health to the success of the global economy. Insufficient sleep costs five of the largest economies more than half a trillion dollars per year, but improving sleeping habits and duration can have major impacts.

  • Woman yawning during a business meeting

    Commentary

    How businesses can take the lead in getting people to sleep more

    20 Dec 2016

    Insufficient sleep is linked to lower productivity, which results in working days being lost each year. With a few simple measures, employers could help improve the health and well-being of staff, improve their bottom lines, and contribute to a growing economy.

  • Tired businesswoman in the office

    Commentary

    Americans don't sleep enough, and it's costing us $411 billion

    30 Nov 2016

    Sleep and sleep loss are often considered to be among the most intimate of personal behaviors, but sleep matters to all aspects of society, from an individual’s health to the success of the global economy.