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dc.contributor.authorStevenson, Betseyen_US
dc.contributor.authorWolfers, Justinen_US
dc.date.accessioned2008-09-22en_US
dc.date.accessioned2010-07-07T11:34:06Z-
dc.date.available2010-07-07T11:34:06Z-
dc.date.issued2008en_US
dc.identifier.piurn:nbn:de:101:1-2008082089en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10419/35143-
dc.description.abstractThis paper examines how the level and dispersion of self-reported happiness has evolved over the period 1972-2006. While there has been no increase in aggregate happiness, inequality in happiness has fallen substantially since the 1970s. There have been large changes in the level of happiness across groups: Two-thirds of the black-white happiness gap has been eroded, and the gender happiness gap has disappeared entirely. Paralleling changes in the income distribution, differences in happiness by education have widened substantially. We develop an integrated approach to measuring inequality and decomposing changes in the distribution of happiness, finding a pervasive decline in within-group inequality during the 1970s and 1980s that was experienced by even narrowly-defined demographic groups. Around one-third of this decline has subsequently been unwound. Juxtaposing these changes with large rises in income inequality suggests an important role for non-pecuniary factors in shaping the well-being distribution.en_US
dc.language.isoengen_US
dc.publisherIZA Bonnen_US
dc.relation.ispartofseriesIZA Discussion Papers 3624en_US
dc.subject.jelD3en_US
dc.subject.ddc330en_US
dc.subject.keywordHappinessen_US
dc.subject.keywordsubjective well-beingen_US
dc.subject.keywordinequalityen_US
dc.subject.stwLebenszufriedenheiten_US
dc.subject.stwSoziale Ungleichheiten_US
dc.subject.stwPersönlichkeitspsychologieen_US
dc.subject.stwGeschlechten_US
dc.subject.stwRasseen_US
dc.subject.stwUSAen_US
dc.titleHappiness inequality in the United Statesen_US
dc.typeWorking Paperen_US
dc.identifier.ppn576953326en_US
dc.rightshttp://www.econstor.eu/dspace/Nutzungsbedingungen-
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