Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/58436
Authors: 
Senik, Claudia
Year of Publication: 
2011
Series/Report no.: 
Discussion Paper series, Forschungsinstitut zur Zukunft der Arbeit 6175
Abstract: 
This article sheds light on the important differences in self-declared happiness across countries of equivalent affluence. It hinges on the different happiness statements of natives and immigrants in a set of European countries to disentangle the influence of objective circumstances versus psychological and cultural factors. The latter turns out to be of non-negligible importance in explaining international heterogeneity in happiness. In some countries, such as France, they are responsible for 80% of the country's unobserved idiosyncratic source of (un-)happiness.
Subjects: 
happiness
subjective well-being
international comparisons
France
immigration
European Social Survey
JEL: 
I31
H52
O15
O52
Z10
Persistent Identifier of the first edition: 
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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