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Are you happy while you work?

  • Alex Bryson
  • George MacKerron

Happiness surveys typically ask people to say how they feel about their life experiences in retrospect, but smartphone technology makes it possible to collect responses on wellbeing 'in the moment'. The authors use this new 'Mappiness' data source to question whether we really are happy while we work.

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Paper provided by Centre for Economic Performance, LSE in its series CentrePiece - The Magazine for Economic Performance with number 390.

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Date of creation: Jun 2013
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Handle: RePEc:cep:cepcnp:390
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