Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/79965
Authors: 
Pfaff, Tobias
Hirata, Johannes
Year of Publication: 
2013
Series/Report no.: 
Beiträge zur Jahrestagung des Vereins für Socialpolitik 2013: Wettbewerbspolitik und Regulierung in einer globalen Wirtschaftsordnung - Session: Life Satisfaction C11-V3
Abstract: 
Recent studies focused on testing the Easterlin hypothesis (happiness and national income correlate in the cross-section but not over time) on a global level. We make a case for testing the Easterlin hypothesis at the country level where individual panel data allow exploiting important methodological advantages. Novelties of our test of the Easterlin hypothesis are a) long-term panel data and estimation with individual fixed effects, b) regional GDP per capita with a higher variation than national figures, c) accounting for potentially biased clustered standard errors when the number of clusters is small. Using long-term panel data for Germany and the United Kingdom, we do not find robust evidence for a relationship between GDP per capita and life satisfaction in either country (controlling for a variety of variables). Together with the evidence presented in Stevenson and Wolfers (2008, BROOKINGS PAP ECO AC), we now count three exceptions supporting Easterlin s happiness-income hypothesis: the United States, Germany, and the United Kingdom.
JEL: 
C23
I31
O40
Document Type: 
Conference Paper

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