Head of Measuring Well-being and Progress, OECD, OECD
Carrie Exton leads the Monitoring Well-Being and Progress Section at the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). Based in the Statistics and Data Directorate, her research is focused on measuring and understanding people’s well-being, inequality and sustainability, particularly from an international perspective. She has also written about the difference that good measures and data can make to public policy decisions. Carrie is the main editor for the flagship well-being report How’s Life?, and she oversees work on the OECD well-being framework and indicators, the Measuring the Distance to the Sustainable Development Goal Targets study, the Better Life Index website, and the policy uses of well-being metrics. She co-authored the OECD Guidelines on Measuring Subjective Well-Being, was the lead author for previous (2017 and 2015) editions of How’s Life?, recently co-authored the OECD Economic Survey: New Zealand 2019 with a special focus on well-being, and has published several papers and book chapters. When she’s not writing, Carrie can usually be found talking over coffee, or sharing her team’s work with a wide range of audiences at international conferences, events and expert groups. Prior to joining the OECD in 2011, Carrie worked as a policy advisor in the UK Civil Service, including roles in strategy, private office, higher education, research and science policy, and the Apprenticeships Unit. She holds a DPhil (PhD) in Experimental Psychology from Oxford University, where she also completed her undergraduate studies.