Research Publications

2018 and in press

  • Boyce, C. J., Delaney, L., & Wood, A. M. (2018). The Great Recession and subjective well-being: How did the life satisfaction of people living in the United Kingdom change following the financial crisis?. PloS one, 13, e0201215. Download. Stata do file.

  • Boyce, C. J., Delaney, L., Ferguson, E., & Wood, A. M. (2018). Central bank interest rate decisions, household indebtedness, and psychiatric morbidity and distress: Evidence from the UK. Journal of Affective Disorders, 234, 311-317. Download.

  • Hounkpatin, H. O., Boyce, C. J., Dunn, G., & Wood, A. M. (in press). Modelling bivariate change in individual differences: Prospective associations between personality and life satisfaction. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology: Personality Processes and Individual Differences. Download.


  • Boyce, C. J., Daly, M., Hounkpatin, H. O., & Wood, A. M. (2017). Money may buy happiness, but often so little that it doesn’t matter. Psychological Science, 28, 544-546Download.

  • Boyce, C. J., Wood, A. M., Delaney, L., & Ferguson, E. (2017). How do personality and social structures interact with each other to predict important life outcomes? The importance of accounting for personality change. European Journal of Personality, 31, 279-290. Download.

  • Egan, M., Daly, M., Delaney, L., Boyce, C. J., & Wood, A. M. (2017). Adolescent conscientiousness predicts lower lifetime unemployment. Journal of Applied Psychology, 102, 700-709. Download.

  • Hanley, N., ​​Boyce, C. J., Czajkowski, M., Tucker, S., Noussair, C., & Townsend, M. (2017). Sad or Happy? The effects of emotions on stated preferences for environmental goods. Environmental and Resource Economics, 68, 821-846. Download.

  • Wood, A. M., & Boyce, C. J. (2017). Developing, evaluating and using subjective scales of personality, preferences, and well-being: A guide to psychometrics for psychologists and economists. In: Economic Psychology: The Science of Economic Mental Life and Behaviour, R. Ranyard, ed., Wiley, Chichester, UK.


  • Boyce, C. J., Wood, A., & Ferguson, E. (2016). Individual differences in loss aversion: Conscientiousness predicts how life satisfaction responds to losses versus gains in income. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 42, ​471-84. Download.

  • Boyce, C. J., Wood, A., & Ferguson, E. (2016). For better or for worse: The moderating effects of personality on the marriage-life satisfaction link. Personality and Individual Differences, 97, 61-66. Download.


  • Boyce, C. J., Wood, A. M., Daly, M, & Sedikides, C. (2015). Personality change following unemployment. ​Journal of Applied Psychology, 100, 991-1011. Download.

  • Daly, M., Boyce, C.J., & Wood, A.M. (2015). A social rank explanation of how money influences health. Health Psychology, 34, 222-230​. Download.​

  • Ostafo, H., Wood, A. M., Boyce, C. J., & Dunn, G. (2015). An existential-humanistic view of personality change: Co-occurring changes with psychological well-being in a ten year cohort study. Social Indicators Research, 121, 455-70.​ Download.



  • ​​Wood, A. M., & Boyce, C. J. (2014). Personality, an overview. In A. Michalos [ed.], Encyclopedia of Quality of Life Research. Dordrecht, Netherlands: Springer, pp 4773-4775. Download.


  • Boyce, C. J., Wood, A. M., Banks, J., Clark, A. E., & Brown, G. D. A. (2013). Money, well-being, and loss aversion: Does a loss in income have a greater effect on well-being than an equivalent income gain? Psychological Science, 24, 2557-2562. Download.


  • Boyce, C. J., Wood, A. M., & Powdthavee, N. (2013). Is personality fixed? Personality changes as much as “variable” economic factors and more strongly predicts changes to life satisfaction. Social Indicators Research, 111, 287-305. Download.


  • Boyce, C. J., & Oswald, A. J. (2012). Do people become healthier after being promoted? Health Economics, 21, 580-596. Download.

  • Wood, A. M., Boyce, C. J., Moore, S. C., & Brown, G. D. A. (2012). An evolutionary based social rank explanation of why low income predicts mental distress: A 17 year cohort study of 30,000 people. Journal of Affective Disorders, 136, 882-888. Download.


  • Boyce, C. J., & Wood, A. M. (2011). Personality prior to disability determines adaptation: Agreeable individuals recover lost life satisfaction faster and more completely. Psychological Science, 22, 1397-1402. Download.

  • ​Boyce, C. J., & Wood, A. M. (2011). Personality and the marginal utility of income: Personality interacts with increases in household income to determine life satisfaction. Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization, 78, 183-191. Download.


  • Boyce, C. J. (2010). Understanding fixed effects in human well-being. Journal of Economic Psychology, 31, 1-16. Download.

  • Boyce, C. J., Brown, G. D. A., & Moore, S. C. (2010). Money and happiness: Rank of income, not income, affects life satisfaction. Psychological Science, 21, 471-475. Download.

  • Boyce, C. J., & Wood, A. M. (2010). Money or mental health: The cost of alleviating psychological distress with monetary compensation versus psychological therapy. Health Economics, Policy and Law, 5, 509-516. Download.

  • ​​Boyce, C.J., Wood, A. M., & Brown, G. D. A. (2010). The dark side of conscientiousness: Conscientious people experience greater drops in life satisfaction following unemployment. Journal of Research in Personality, 44, 535-539. Download