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.
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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|
|Date:||27 March 2009|
|Number of Pages:||11|
|Status:||Not Peer Reviewed|
|Access rights to Published version:||Open Access|
|References:||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. Blanchflower, D.G. (2009). International evidence on well-being, in National Time accounting and subjective well-being, edited by Alan B. Krueger, NBER and University of Chicago Press, Chicago. Blanchflower, D.G., & Oswald, A.J. (2004). Well-being over time in Britain and the USA. Journal of Public Economics, 88, 1359-1386. Blanchflower, D.G., & Oswald, A.J. (2008). Is well-being U-shaped over the life cycle? Social Science & Medicine, 66, 1733-1749. Easterlin, R. (2006). Life cycle happiness and its sources. Intersections of psychology, economics, and demography. Journal of Economic Psychology, 27, 463-482.|
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