Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/100092
Authors: 
Haucap, Justus
Heimeshoff, Ulrich
Year of Publication: 
2014
Series/Report no.: 
DICE Discussion Paper 157
Abstract: 
This is the first paper that studies the causal effect of studying economics on subjective well being. Based on a survey among 918 students of economics and other social sciences, we estimate the effects of studying in the different fields on individual life satisfaction. Controling for personal characteristics we apply innovative instrumental variable methods developed in labor and conflict economics. We find a positive relationship between the study of economics and individual well-being. Additionally, we also find that income and future job chances are the most important drivers of happiness for participants of our survey.
Subjects: 
Happiness
Life Satisfaction
Economists
Students
Economics Education
JEL: 
A11
A13
I21
I31
ISBN: 
978-3-86304-156-4
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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