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Location and happiness in the United States

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The effect of living in a less urban area on the probability of being happy is estimated. It is shown that less urban areas are associated with higher levels of happiness. Further, it is shown that respondents in the north region are less happy. Data from the National Opinion Research Center's "General Social Survey" are used.

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  • Sander, William, 2011. "Location and happiness in the United States," Economics Letters, Elsevier, vol. 112(3), pages 277-279, September.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:ecolet:v:112:y:2011:i:3:p:277-279
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    1. John V Winters & Yu Li, 2017. "Urbanisation, natural amenities and subjective well-being: Evidence from US counties," Urban Studies, Urban Studies Journal Limited, vol. 54(8), pages 1956-1973, June.
    2. Maguire, Karen & Winters, John V., 2016. "Energy Boom and Gloom? Local Effects of Oil and Natural Gas Drilling on Subjective Well-Being," IZA Discussion Papers 9811, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).

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    Happiness Urbanization Location;

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