Third Felix Büchel Award 2010

The Felix Büchel Award in 2010, bestowed for the third time on the 9th International SOEP User Conference SOEP 2010, was awarded to Richard E. Lucas (Michigan State University, Department of Psychology).

Richard Hauser, Richard E. Lucas and Richard V. Burkhauser: Felix Büchel Award 2010
Photo: Stephan Röhl


The laudation for Rich Lucas, was held by Richard V. Burkhauser, on of  the holders of the FBA 2010.

Among other details, he pointed out:

"Today it is my pleasure to announce the winner of the 2010 Felix Büchel Award — Richard E. Lucas.

Like Felix, Richard has, over the ten years since receiving his Ph.D. in Psychology from the University of Illinois, produced an outstanding record of scholarship in highly visabile peer reviewed journals as well as in broader policy outlets. Much of Richard‘s research has focused on the degree that exogenous factors affect individual life satisfaction over the life course. He is one of the leading scholars in this multidisaplinary field focusing on the transitory and permenent consequences of such events. In his research, he has used the SOEP and other international longitudinal data sets to test his hypotheses. And, he has worked with the SOEP data team to make the SOEP the leading longitudinal data set for such studies. In 2003, in recognition of his work with the SOEP, Richard was made a DIW Research Professor, a position he still holds. In addition at the 2004 International Research Conference of SOEP users his paper:
Richard E. Lucas, Andrew E. Clark, Yannis Georgellis, and Ed Diener, Reexamining Adaptation and the Set Point Model of Happiness: Reactions to Changes in Martial Status Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, Vol. 84(3), 2003, pp. 527-539
won the award for the best publication using SOEP data in 2003. In more recent work using the SOEP and other longitudinal data sets, Richard and his colleagues have challenged the conventional wisdom that indivuduals fully adapt to a major satisfaction changing event and over time return to their previous permanent level of satisfaction. Instead they find that such events result in permanent changes in their underlying satisfaction whose effect is never fully reversed by time alone."

Burkhauser's complete laudation | PDF, 22.71 KB