The U-shape without controls
Blanchflower, David G. and Oswald, Andrew J. (2009) The U-shape without controls. Working Paper. Coventry: University of Warwick, Department of Economics. Warwick economic research papers (No.896).
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This paper is a continuation of results in Blanchflower and Oswald (2008). It provides new evidence that well-being follows a curve through life. We use data on half a million randomly sampled individuals across eight major European nations. Importantly, we show that in this set of countries there is a U-shape even in unadjusted data, that is, without the inclusion of control variables. But we also advise against a focus on elementary bivariate associations.
|Item Type:||Working or Discussion Paper (Working Paper)|
|Subjects:||H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
|Divisions:||Faculty of Social Sciences > Economics|
|Library of Congress Subject Headings (LCSH):||Happiness -- Testing, Aging -- Psychological aspects, Well-being -- Age factors, Mental health, Life cycle, Human|
|Series Name:||Warwick economic research papers|
|Publisher:||University of Warwick, Department of Economics|
|Place of Publication:||Coventry|
|Official Date:||27 March 2009|
|Number of Pages:||11|
|Status:||Not Peer Reviewed|
|Access rights to Published version:||Open Access|
Author, Anonymous. (2009). Is the apparent U-shape of well-being over the life course a results of inappropriate use of control variables? Social Science & Medicine, in press.
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