Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/177441
Authors: 
Gluzmann, Pablo
Gasparini, Leonardo C.
Year of Publication: 
2017
Series/Report no.: 
Documento de Trabajo 216
Abstract: 
In this paper we compute inequality measures over the distribution of a subjective well-being variable constructed from a life satisfaction question included in the Gallup World Poll in almost all countries in the world. We argue that inequality in subjective well-being may be a better proxy for the degree of unfairness in a society than income inequality. We find evidence that inequality in subjective well-being has an inverse-U relationship with per capita GDP, but it is monotonically decreasing with respect to mean subjective well-being. We argue that this difference might be associated to inequality aversion in the space of utility.
Subjects: 
inequality
subjective well-being
Kuznets curve
Gallup World Poll
JEL: 
I31
D31
D39
D63
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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