John F. Helliwell is Distinguiished Fellow of the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research and Co-director (with George Akerlof) of CIFAR's program on "Social Interactions, Identity and Well-Being", 2005-2017. He is also Professor Emeritus of Economics at the University of British Columbia, a Research Associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research. He was previously Visiting Special Adviser at the Bank of Canada in 2003-04, Visiting Research Fellow of Merton College, Oxford, in 2003, of St. Catherine's College, Oxford, in 2001, and Mackenzie King Visiting Professor of Canadian Studies at Harvard in 1991-94. He has been an Editor of the World Happiness Report since its its first edition in 2012.
His books include How Much Do National Borders Matter? (Brookings Institution, 1998), The Contribution of Human and Social Capital to Sustained Economic Growth and Well-Being (OECD and HRDC, 2001), and Globalization and Well-Being (UBC Press, 2002). Recent articles include "Well-Being, Social Capital and Public Policy: What's New?"; (Economic Journal, March 2006), "Well-Being and Social Capital: Does Suicide Pose a Puzzle?" (Social Indicators Research, 2007), "How's Your Government? International Evidence Linking Good Government and Well-Being" (joint with Haifang Huang, British Journal of Political Science 2007) and "The Social Context of Well-Being" (joint with Robert Putnam) in Huppert, Bayliss and Keverne, eds. The Science of Well-Being (Oxford University Press, 2005). He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada and an Officer of the Order of Canada.