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Relative Income and Happiness in Asia: Evidence from Nationwide Surveys in China, Japan, and Korea

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  • Kayo Nozaki

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  • Miki Kobayashi

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  • Takashi Oshio & Kayo Nozaki & Miki Kobayashi, 2011. "Relative Income and Happiness in Asia: Evidence from Nationwide Surveys in China, Japan, and Korea," Social Indicators Research: An International and Interdisciplinary Journal for Quality-of-Life Measurement, Springer, vol. 104(3), pages 351-367, December.
  • Handle: RePEc:spr:soinre:v:104:y:2011:i:3:p:351-367 DOI: 10.1007/s11205-010-9754-9
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