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SOEP People: A Conversation with Bruce Headey

Report of March 22, 2019

Australian Political Scientist Bruce Headey was not only one of the first SOEP data users—he was one of the first researchers in the world to discover the value of the SOEP for research on happiness. Headey is a Principal Fellow at the Melbourne Institute of Applied Economic and Social Research in the University of Melbourne. He is a specialist in welfare and distributional issues and at the forefront of current international research on the efficacy of social welfare policies in Western Europe and North America. He spoke to us about recipes for happiness, the joys of academic life, and about life as a roller coaster ride.