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The mystery of the U-shaped relationship between happiness and age

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  • Paul Frijters

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  • Tony Beatton

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    (QUT)

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In this paper we address the puzzle of the relation between age and happiness. Whilst the majority of psychologists have concluded there is not much of a relationship at all, the economic literature has unearthed a possible U-shape relationship. In this paper we replicate the U-shape for the German SocioEconomic Panel (GSOEP), and we investigate several possible explanations for it.

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Paper provided by National Centre for Econometric Research in its series NCER Working Paper Series with number 26.

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Keywords: Happiness methodology; unobservables; latent variable;

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  1. Happiness over lifetimes
    by Paul Frijters in Core Economics on 2012-08-21 06:09:02
  2. Happy pensioners and miserable geriatrics: the happiness wave.
    by Paul Frijters in Club Troppo on 2012-08-21 05:42:19
  3. Happy pensioners and miserable geriatrics: the happiness wave.
    by Paul Frijters in Club Troppo on 2012-08-21 05:42:19
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