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Income, happiness, and the disutility of labour

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  • Knabe, Andreas
  • Rätzel, Steffen

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We re-examine the claim that the income effect on happiness is downward biased because higher income demands more work effort. We find no evidence of an underestimation because the impact of working hours on happiness is rather small and hill-shaped.

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  • Knabe, Andreas & Rätzel, Steffen, 2010. "Income, happiness, and the disutility of labour," Economics Letters, Elsevier, vol. 107(1), pages 77-79, April.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:ecolet:v:107:y:2010:i:1:p:77-79
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    Keywords

    Happiness Life satisfaction Income Working hours;

    JEL classification:

    • D60 - Microeconomics - - Welfare Economics - - - General
    • I31 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Welfare, Well-Being, and Poverty - - - General Welfare, Well-Being

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