Caspar Kaiser

Postdoctoral Research Officer, Department of Social Policy & Intervention

Research Fellow, Wellbeing Research Centre, University of Oxford

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I am a postdoctoral research officer at the Institute for New Economic Thinking and a research fellow at the Wellbeing Research Centre, both of which are part of the University of Oxford.

My research focuses on the measurement and determinants of wellbeing.

Regarding measurement, I work on improving the comparability of survey data on people's feelings and analyse whether such data can measure welfare cardinally. Concerning determinants, I investigate how social comparisons and inequalities, particularly with respect to people's incomes, shape wellbeing.

Beyond these foci, I am interested in the wider normative implications of using subjective data, questions of welfare and inequality measurement more generally, the determinants and consequences of social mobility, as well as developments in causal inference and machine learning.

In December 2020, I completed a DPhil in Social Policy at Nuffield College and the Department of Social Policy & Intervention. Brian Nolan (INET, Oxford) and Maarten Vendrik (SBE, Maastricht) supervised my doctorate. My doctoral research was funded by a Barnett House-Nuffield Joint Scholarship.

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