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dc.contributor.authorHeadey, Bruceen_US
dc.contributor.authorSchupp, Jürgenen_US
dc.contributor.authorTucci, Ingriden_US
dc.contributor.authorWagner, Gert G.en_US
dc.date.accessioned2009-01-21en_US
dc.date.accessioned2010-07-07T11:51:44Z-
dc.date.available2010-07-07T11:51:44Z-
dc.date.issued2008en_US
dc.identifier.piurn:nbn:de:101:1-20090119113en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10419/35427-
dc.description.abstractUsing data from the German Socio-Economic Panel Survey (SOEP), this paper assesses the relationship between life satisfaction and religious practice. The main new result here is longitudinal. It is shown that individuals who become more religious over time record long term gains in life satisfaction, while those who become less religious record long term losses. This result holds net of the effects of personality traits, and also in fixed effects panel models. The paper has significant implications for the dominant, paradigm theory in SWB research, namely set-point theory. This theory holds that the long term SWB of adult individuals is stable, because SWB depends on personality traits and other stable genetic factors. It is already clear from the German panel data that about 20% of the population have recorded large long term changes in SWB. New evidence in this paper and elsewhere about the effects of consciously chosen life goals, including religious ones, on SWB is hard to reconcile with set-point theory. It is more in line with authentic happiness theory.en_US
dc.language.isoengen_US
dc.publisherIZA Bonnen_US
dc.relation.ispartofseriesIZA discussion papers 3915en_US
dc.subject.jelA12en_US
dc.subject.jelA13en_US
dc.subject.jelY80en_US
dc.subject.jelZ12en_US
dc.subject.ddc330en_US
dc.subject.keywordSWBen_US
dc.subject.keywordlife satisfactionen_US
dc.subject.keywordset-point theoryen_US
dc.subject.keywordauthentic happiness theoryen_US
dc.subject.keywordlongitudinal analysisen_US
dc.subject.keywordSOEPen_US
dc.subject.stwLebenszufriedenheiten_US
dc.subject.stwReligionen_US
dc.subject.stwDeutschlanden_US
dc.titleAuthentic happiness theory supported by impact of religion on life satisfaction: a longitudinal analysis with data for Germanyen_US
dc.typeWorking Paperen_US
dc.identifier.ppn589772716en_US
dc.rightshttp://www.econstor.eu/dspace/Nutzungsbedingungen-
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