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How Does Subjective Well-Being Evolve with Age? A Literature Review

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  • López Ulloa, Beatriz Fabiola

    (University of Hohenheim)

  • Moller, Valerie

    ()
    (Rhodes University)

  • Sousa-Poza, Alfonso

    ()
    (University of Hohenheim)

Abstract

This literature review provides an overview of the theoretical and empirical research in several disciplines on the relation between ageing and subjective well-being, i.e., how subjective well-being evolves across the lifespan. Because of the different methodologies, data sets and samples used, comparison among disciplines and studies is difficult. However, extant studies do show either a U-shaped, inverted U-shaped or linear relation between ageing and subjective well-being.

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Paper provided by Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA) in its series IZA Discussion Papers with number 7328.

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Length: 35 pages
Date of creation: Apr 2013
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Publication status: published in: Journal of Population Ageing, 2013, 6 (3), 227-246
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  1. Cheng, Terence C. & Powdthavee, Nattavudh & Oswald, Andrew J., 2014. "Longitudinal Evidence for a Midlife Nadir in Human Well-being: Results from Four Data Sets," CAGE Online Working Paper Series, Competitive Advantage in the Global Economy (CAGE) 187, Competitive Advantage in the Global Economy (CAGE).
  2. Jeste, Dilip V & Oswald, Andrew J, 2014. "Individual and Societal Wisdom: Explaining the Paradox of Human Aging and High Well-Being," The Warwick Economics Research Paper Series (TWERPS), University of Warwick, Department of Economics 1046, University of Warwick, Department of Economics.

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