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Income, working hours, and happiness

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  • Pouwels, Babette
  • Siegers, Jacques
  • Vlasblom, Jan Dirk

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In empirical analyses, the effect of income on happiness tends to be underestimated by ignoring the fact that income has to be earned. Using the German Socio-Economic Panel, our analysis confirms this tendency. For men, the underestimation amounts to 25%.

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  • Pouwels, Babette & Siegers, Jacques & Vlasblom, Jan Dirk, 2008. "Income, working hours, and happiness," Economics Letters, Elsevier, vol. 99(1), pages 72-74, April.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:ecolet:v:99:y:2008:i:1:p:72-74
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