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Sundays Are Blue: Aren’t They? - The Day-of-the-Week Effect on Subjective Well-Being and Socio-Economic Status

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  • Akay, Alpaslan

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    (Department of Economics, School of Business, Economics and Law, Göteborg University)

  • Martinsson, Peter

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    (Department of Economics, School of Business, Economics and Law, Göteborg University)

Abstract

This paper analyses whether individuals are influenced by the day of the week when reporting subjective well-being. By using a large panel data set and controlling for observed and unobserved individual characteristics, we find a large day-of the-week effect. Overall, we find a ‘blue’ Sunday effect with the lowest level of subjective well-being. The day-of-the-week effect differs with certain socio-economic and demographic factors such as employment, marital status and age. The paper concludes with recommendations for future analyses of subjective well-being data and design of data collections.

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Paper provided by University of Gothenburg, Department of Economics in its series Working Papers in Economics with number 397.

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Length: 48 pages
Date of creation: 13 Nov 2009
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Handle: RePEc:hhs:gunwpe:0397

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Keywords: subjective well-being; day-of-the-week effect;

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  1. John F. Helliwell & Shun Wang, 2011. "Weekends and Subjective Well-Being," NBER Working Papers 17180, National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.
  2. Wunder, Christoph & Heineck, Guido, 2013. "Working time preferences, hours mismatch and well-being of couples: Are there spillovers?," Labour Economics, Elsevier, vol. 24(C), pages 244-252.
  3. Alpaslan Akay & Olivier Bargain & Mathias Dolls & Dirk Neumann & Andreas Peichl & Sebastian Siegloch, 2012. "Happy Taxpayers? Income Taxation and Well-Being," SOEPpapers on Multidisciplinary Panel Data Research 526, DIW Berlin, The German Socio-Economic Panel (SOEP).
  4. Semih Tumen & Tugba Zeydanli, 2013. "Day-of-the-Week Effects in Subjective Well-Being : Does Selectivity Matter?," Working Papers 1338, Research and Monetary Policy Department, Central Bank of the Republic of Turkey.
  5. Tumen, Semih & Zeydanli, Tugba, 2014. "Is Happiness Contagious? Separating Spillover Externalities from the Group-Level Social Context," MPRA Paper 53184, University Library of Munich, Germany.

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