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Two Happiness Puzzles

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  • Angus Deaton
  • Arthur A. Stone

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We consider two happiness puzzles. First, many studies show that only relative income matters for well-being. Yet the Gallup data for the United States and from the rest of the world show no such result, at least for life evaluation. There may be relative income effects in hedonic well-being though other interpretations are available. Second, more religious people typically report higher experiential well-being but more religious places have worse well-being on average, both across US states and across countries. More religious states and counties in the US also have worse murder rates, deaths from cardiovascular disease and from cancer.

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Article provided by American Economic Association in its journal American Economic Review.

Volume (Year): 103 (2013)
Issue (Month): 3 (May)
Pages: 591-97

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Handle: RePEc:aea:aecrev:v:103:y:2013:i:3:p:591-97

Note: DOI: 10.1257/aer.103.3.591
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  3. Angus Deaton, 2008. "Income, Health, and Well-Being around the World: Evidence from the Gallup World Poll," Journal of Economic Perspectives, American Economic Association, vol. 22(2), pages 53-72, Spring.
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  1. Brodeur, Abel & Connolly, Marie, 2012. "Do Higher Childcare Subsidies Improve Parental Well-being? Evidence from Québec's Family Policies," IZA Discussion Papers 6804, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).

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