Human Well-Being over the Life Cycle: Longitudinal Evidence from a 20-Year Panel
AbstractThis paper uses longitudinal data from the German Socioeconomic Panel (GSOEP) to analyze the course of subjective well-being over the life cycle. The long time dimension offers an opportunity to disentangle ageing effects from fixed birth co- hort effects. The paper _finds that the U-shaped pattern of life satisfaction over age is less supported in a longitudinal analysis, and that the observed trajectory can vary across model specifications. Moreover, assets and material well-being seem to play an important role in determining the course of satisfaction over life time. The upsurge of happiness after mid-life seems to be more robust to model specifications, which might imply that the latter is inherent to mankind.
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subjective well-being; life cycle happiness; ageing; birth cohorts; U-shape; German Socio-Economic Panel;
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- C23 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Single Equation Models; Single Variables - - - Models with Panel Data; Spatio-temporal Models
- I31 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Welfare, Well-Being, and Poverty - - - General Welfare, Well-Being
- J10 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demographic Economics - - - General
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- NEP-AGE-2008-09-13 (Economics of Ageing)
- NEP-ALL-2008-09-13 (All new papers)
- NEP-HAP-2008-09-13 (Economics of Happiness)
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