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The Anatomy of Subjective Well-being

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  • Bernard M.S. van Praag

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    (University of Amsterdam)

  • P. Frijters

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    (Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam)

  • A. Ferrer-i-Carbonell

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    (SEO, Amsterdam Economics, University of Amsterdam)

Abstract

This paper contributes to the literature on subjective well-being (SWB) by taking into account different aspects of life, called domains, such as health, financial situation, job, leisure, housing, and environment. We postulate a two-layer model where individual total SWB depends on the different subjective domain satisfactions. A distinction is made between long-term and short-term effects. The individual domain satisfactions depend on objectively measurable variables, such as income. The model is estimated using a large German panel data set. This discussion paper resulted in a publication in the Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization .

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Keywords: Subjective Well-Being; Satisfaction measurement; Qualitative regressors; Health satisfaction; Job satisfaction;

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