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Title:The French unhappiness puzzle: The cultural dimension of happiness PDF Logo
Authors:Senik, Claudia
Issue Date: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:urn:nbn:de:101:1-201201103063
Document Type:Working Paper
Appears in Collections:IZA Discussion Papers, Forschungsinstitut zur Zukunft der Arbeit (IZA)

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