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dc.contributor.authorBlanchflower, David G.en_US
dc.date.accessioned2008-08-26en_US
dc.date.accessioned2010-07-07T11:31:09Z-
dc.date.available2010-07-07T11:31:09Z-
dc.date.issued2008en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10419/34970-
dc.description.abstractNational Time Accounting is a way of measuring society's well-being, based on time use. Its explicit form is the U-index, for unpleasant or undesirable, which measures the proportion of time an individual spends in an unpleasant state. In this paper I review cross-country evidence on happiness and life satisfaction and consider whether these data will likely be replaced by the U-index. I find that first, that there are many similarities. According to both measures happiness is higher for the more educated, for married people, for those with higher income and for whites and lower for the unemployed; is U-shaped in age and un-trended over time in the USA although they are trended up in a number of EU countries and especially so in developing countries. Equivalent results are found using self-reported unhappiness data. Second, there is a large body of data on happiness that is unavailable on the U-index. For example, according to happiness research well-being across nations is lower the higher is the unemployment rate, the current inflation rate and the highest inflation rate in a person's adult life. Higher inequality also lowers happiness. Third, we know little about the predictive power of the U-index. Happiness and life satisfaction data seem able to forecast migration flows. Fourth, happy people are particularly optimistic about the future. Fifth, according to the happiness data the US ranks above France but the U-index suggests the reverse.en_US
dc.language.isoengen_US
dc.publisherIZA Bonnen_US
dc.relation.ispartofseriesIZA Discussion Papers 3354en_US
dc.subject.jelJ22en_US
dc.subject.ddc150en_US
dc.subject.keywordHappinessen_US
dc.subject.keywordunhappinessen_US
dc.subject.keywordpainen_US
dc.subject.keywordlife satisfactionen_US
dc.subject.stwLebenszufriedenheiten_US
dc.subject.stwVergleichen_US
dc.subject.stwLebensqualitäten_US
dc.subject.stwZeitbudgetforschungen_US
dc.subject.stwSozialer Indikatoren_US
dc.subject.stwWelten_US
dc.subject.stwUSAen_US
dc.subject.stwEU-Staatenen_US
dc.titleInternational evidence on well-beingen_US
dc.typeWorking Paperen_US
dc.identifier.ppn562099883en_US
dc.rightshttp://www.econstor.eu/dspace/Nutzungsbedingungen-
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