Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/33792
Authors: 
Easterlin, Richard A.
Sawangfa, Onnicha
Year of Publication: 
2007
Series/Report no.: 
IZA Discussion Papers 2584
Abstract: 
In the United States happiness, on average, varies positively with socio-economic status; is fairly constant over time; rises to midlife and then declines; and is lower among younger than older birth cohorts. These four patterns of mean happiness can be predicted rather closely from the mean satisfaction people report with each of four domains – finances, family life, work, and health. Even though the domain satisfaction patterns typically differ from each other and from that for happiness, they come together in a way that explains quite well the overall patterns of happiness. The importance of any given domain depends on the happiness relation under study (by socio-economic status, time, age or birth cohort), and no single domain is invariably the key to happiness.
Subjects: 
happiness
domain satisfaction
subjective well-being
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Document Type: 
Working Paper

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