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Does consumption buy happiness? Evidence from the United States

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  • Thomas DeLeire

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  • Ariel Kalil

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  • Thomas DeLeire & Ariel Kalil, 2010. "Does consumption buy happiness? Evidence from the United States," International Review of Economics, Springer;Happiness Economics and Interpersonal Relations (HEIRS), vol. 57(2), pages 163-176, June.
  • Handle: RePEc:spr:inrvec:v:57:y:2010:i:2:p:163-176 DOI: 10.1007/s12232-010-0093-6
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    Keywords

    Happiness; Leisure; Consumption; D12; I31;

    JEL classification:

    • D12 - Microeconomics - - Household Behavior - - - Consumer Economics: Empirical Analysis
    • I31 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Welfare, Well-Being, and Poverty - - - General Welfare, Well-Being

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