Paul Dolan (Professor) Biography, Age, Education, Wife, Net worth, Career, Books

Paul Dolan

Paul Dolan Biography

Paul Dolan is Head of Department and Professor of Behavioural Science in Psychological and Behavioural Science at the London School of Economics and Political Science. He is Director of the Executive MSc in Behavioural Science which began in September 2014.

He is the best selling author and an internationally renowned expert on happiness, behavior and public policy.

Dolan conducts original research into the measurement of happiness, its causes, and consequences. He has previously held academic posts at York, Newcastle, Sheffield, and Imperial and he has been a visiting scholar at Princeton University

Paul Dolan Age

Dolan was born on 10 May 1968. He is now 51 years old as of 2022.

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Paul Dolan Education

Dolan gained his degree in economics from Swansea University in 1989. His masters and doctorate on “Issues in the valuation of health outcomes” both came from the University of York in 1991 and 1997 respectively.

Paul Dolan Wife

Married to Karen Dolan

Net worth

He has a net worth of between $1 Million and $5 Million as of 2023.

Paul Dolan Career

Dolan has over 100 peer-reviewed publications which cover many topics including behavioural science, subjective wellbeing, equity in health and health valuation.

Moreover, he currently holds the position of the Chief Academic Advisor on Economic Appraisal for the UK Government’s Economic Service.

He is also a member of National Academy of Sciences Panel on Wellbeing and of the Measuring National Wellbeing Advisory Forum. In addition he is a visiting Professor at Imperial College London and an associate of the Institute for Government.

He is an author of the “Mindspace” report published by the UK Cabinet Office which seeks to apply lessons from the psychological and behavioural sciences to social policy.

In 2013 Dolan appeared at the Hay Festival in Cartegena, Colombia and discussed the role of modern technology and happiness, as well as his work on experiences of purpose, attention, and happiness.

He also gave the Queen’s Lecture on “Happiness by Design” at the TU Berlin in November 2013. Since that Professor Dolan has taken part in a number of national and international speaking events and has appeared on TV in ITV this morning as well as a BBC 2 Horizons series ‘How do we really make decisions?’

Paul Dolan 2014

On 28 August 2014 Dolan published his book Happiness by Design, with foreword by Nobel Prize winner Daniel Kahneman.

Most of us would like to be happier in his book Dolan defines this as experiencing more pleasure and/or purpose for longer.

He describes how being happier means allocating attention more efficiently; towards those things that bring us pleasure and purpose and away from those that generate pain and pointlessness.

Easier said than done of course, and certainly easier than thought about. But behavioural science teaches us that most of what we do simply comes about rather than being thought about.

So, by clever use of priming, defaults, commitments, norms, you can become a whole lot happier without actually having to think too hard about it. You will be happier by design.

In a profile of Dolan published in the Guardian on 22 November 2014, Dolan is quoted as saying:

I have never read a novel in my life. There are only so many hours in the day and I have decided to fill them with activities other than reading made-up stories. Each to their own, eh?

Paul Dolan Happy Ever After

Bibliographic information

Title Happy Ever After: Escaping the Myth of the Perfect Life
Author Paul Dolan
Publisher Penguin Books, Limited, 2019
Length 240 pages

Paul Dolan Happiness By Design

Happiness by Design is a best-selling book written by Professor Paul Dolan. He brings the latest research in behavioral science together with current findings

Paul Dolan Books

  • Happy Ever After: Escaping The Myth of The Perfect Life (2019)
  • Happiness by Design: Finding Pleasure and Purpose in Everyday Life (2014)
  • True to Our Roots: Fermenting a Business Revolution (2003)
  • Distributing Health Care: Economic and Ethical Issues (2002)

Paul Dolan Guardian

In a profile of Dolan published in the Guardian on 22 November 2014, Dolan is quoted as saying:

“I have never read a novel in my life. There are only so many hours in the day and I have decided to fill them with activities other than reading made-up stories. Each to their own, eh?”

Paul Dolan New Book

Happy Ever After: Escaping The Myth of The Perfect Life

Paul Dolan Selected national television

BBC Breakfast

Channel 5 ‘Make or Break’

ITV This Morning

ITV Tonight

Channel 4 Sunday Brunch

ABC Late line Australia

ABC One Plus One

BBC 2 Horizon, ‘How do we really make decisions?’


In 2002 he won the Philip Leverhulme Prize in economics for his contribution to health economics; in particular, for his work on QALYs (quality-adjusted life years).

Newspaper, Magazine, and blog articles 2015 – 2019

The Telegraph – The secret to happiness? Don’t sweat the big stuff March 2019

Wired – Social media has totally warped how you think about happiness in January 2019

The Times – Review: Happy Ever After: Escaping the Myth of the Perfect Life by Paul Dolan — how to find happiness January 2019

The Times – Paul Dolan interview: the author of Happiness By Design speaks to Robert Crampton January 2019

The Guardian – Want to transform your life? Stop chasing perfection January 2019

Penguin – Stop looking for ‘the one’: how to escape the myth of a perfect life January 2019

The Guardian – The money, job, marriage myth: are you not happy yet? – January 2019

Balance – Is this the UK’s biggest untapped wellness resource? – November 2018

LADDERS – This is the best way to overcome your fear of missing out – October 2018

The Telegraph – How to be happy: 20 pressing questions (and answers) for a more fulfilling life – September 2018

The Telegraph –Meet The ‘Happiness Professor’’: This Man’s 20 Tips To Everyday Happiness Could Change Your Life – March 2018


CITY A.M. – In The Age of Sharing, This Is The Last Taboo – Jan 2018

Dean Street – Respecting Yourself – Oct 2017

The Toronto Sun – Don’t Worry, Be Happy, It’s World Happiness Day – March 2016

The Telegraph – Do You Need A Mind Coach? – Feb 2016

The Guardian – Banish Those Midlife Blues – Feb 2016 – 2016: What Do You Consider The Most Interesting Recent News? What Makes It Important? – Jan 2016

The Daily Mirror – The New Year Resolutions You Should be Making – Dec 2015

Capx – Recruiting Ethnic Minorities In The Military: The Solution Is Behavioural Economics – Dec 2015 – This Man Knows The Secret of Happiness: The Small Stuff – Oct 2015

ABC Online – ‘Happiness Thinker’ Professor Dolan On Pleasure, Purpose And Everyday Happiness’ – Oct 2015

The Telegraph – Five Things You Can do To Be Happier Right now – June 2015

The Sydney Morning Herald – Paul Dolan on Happiness By Design: Finding A Balance Between Purpose And Pleasure – May 2015