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The Rising Well-Being of the Young

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  • David G. Blanchflower
  • Andrew J. Oswald

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Many observers believe that times are growing harder for young people in Western society. This paper looks at the evidence and finds that conventional wisdom appears to be wrong. Using the U.S. General Social Surveys and the Eurobarometer Surveys, the paper studies the reported happiness and life-satisfaction scores of random samples of young men and women. " The data cover the USA and thirteen European countries. Our main finding is that from the 1970s to the 1990s the well-being of the young increased quite markedly. A number of possible explanations are considered.

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Paper provided by National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc in its series NBER Working Papers with number 6102.

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Date of creation: Jul 1997
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Publication status: Published as "A Longitudinal Analysis of the Young Self-Employed in Australia and the United States", SBE, Vol. 6, no. 1 (1994): 1-19.
Handle: RePEc:nbr:nberwo:6102

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