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Money and Happiness: The Combined Effects of Wealth, Income and Consumption

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  • Bruce Headey
  • Ruud Muffels
  • Mark Wooden

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The paper uses household economic panel data from five countries – Australia, Britain, Germany, Hungary and The Netherlands – to provide a reconsideration of the impact of economic well-being on happiness. The main conclusion is that happiness is considerably more affected by economic circumstances than previously believed. In all five countries wealth affects life satisfaction more than income. In the countries for which consumption data are available (Britain and Hungary), non-durable consumption expenditures also prove at least as important to happiness as income.

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  • Bruce Headey & Ruud Muffels & Mark Wooden, 2005. "Money and Happiness: The Combined Effects of Wealth, Income and Consumption," Schmollers Jahrbuch : Journal of Applied Social Science Studies / Zeitschrift für Wirtschafts- und Sozialwissenschaften, Duncker & Humblot, Berlin, vol. 125(1), pages 131-144.
  • Handle: RePEc:aeq:aeqsjb:v125_y2005_i1_q1_p131-144
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    1. Bernhard Christoph, 2010. "The Relation Between Life Satisfaction and the Material Situation: A Re-Evaluation Using Alternative Measures," Social Indicators Research: An International and Interdisciplinary Journal for Quality-of-Life Measurement, Springer, vol. 98(3), pages 475-499, September.

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    • I31 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Welfare, Well-Being, and Poverty - - - General Welfare, Well-Being

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