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dc.contributor.authorOswald, Andrew J.en_US
dc.contributor.authorWu, Stephenen_US
dc.date.accessioned2010-02-23en_US
dc.date.accessioned2010-07-07T12:07:00Z-
dc.date.available2010-07-07T12:07:00Z-
dc.date.issued2010en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10419/36221-
dc.description.abstractA huge research literature, across the behavioral and social sciences, uses information on individuals' subjective well-being. These are responses to questions - asked by survey interviewers or medical personnel - such as how happy do you feel on a scale from 1 to 4? Yet there is little scientific evidence that such data are meaningful. This study examines a 2005-2008 Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System random sample of 1.3 million United States citizens. Life-satisfaction in each U.S. state is measured. Across America, people's answers trace out the same pattern of quality of life as previously estimated, using solely non-subjective data, in a literature from economics (so-called 'compensating differentials' neoclassical theory due originally to Adam Smith). There is a state-by-state match (r = 0.6, p < 0.001) between subjective and objective well-being. This result has some potential to help to unify disciplines.en_US
dc.language.isoengen_US
dc.publisherIZA Bonnen_US
dc.relation.ispartofseriesIZA Discussion Papers 4695en_US
dc.subject.jelI31en_US
dc.subject.ddc330en_US
dc.subject.keywordHappinessen_US
dc.subject.keywordwell-beingen_US
dc.subject.keywordcompensating differentialsen_US
dc.subject.keywordspatial equilibriumen_US
dc.subject.stwLebenszufriedenheiten_US
dc.subject.stwGesundheiten_US
dc.subject.stwLebensqualitäten_US
dc.subject.stwRäumliche Verteilungen_US
dc.subject.stwSchätzungen_US
dc.subject.stwUSAen_US
dc.titleObjective confirmation of subjective measures of human well-being: evidence from the USAen_US
dc.typeWorking Paperen_US
dc.identifier.ppn619072938en_US
dc.rightshttp://www.econstor.eu/dspace/Nutzungsbedingungen-
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