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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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    (University of Gothenburg)

  • Martinsson, Peter

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    (University of Gothenburg)

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 Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA) in its series IZA Discussion Papers with number 4563.

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Length: 49 pages
Date of creation: Nov 2009
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Handle: RePEc:iza:izadps:dp4563

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

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  1. John Helliwell & Shun Wang, 2014. "Weekends and Subjective Well-Being," Social Indicators Research, Springer, vol. 116(2), pages 389-407, April.
  2. Christoph Wunder & Guido Heineck, 2012. "Working Time Preferences, Hours Mismatch and Well-Being of Couples: Are There Spillovers?," SOEPpapers on Multidisciplinary Panel Data Research 471, DIW Berlin, The German Socio-Economic Panel (SOEP).
  3. Tumen, Semih & Zeydanli, Tugba, 2013. "Day-of-the-Week Effects in Subjective Well-Being: Does Selectivity Matter?," MPRA Paper 50475, University Library of Munich, Germany.
  4. Akay, Alpaslan & Bargain, Olivier & Dolls, Mathias & Neumann, Dirk & Peichl, Andreas & Siegloch, Sebastian, 2012. "Happy Taxpayers? Income Taxation and Well-Being," IZA Discussion Papers 6999, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).
  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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