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The French Unhappiness Puzzle: the Cultural Dimension of Happiness

  • Senik, Claudia

This article sheds light on the important differences in self-declared happiness across countries of equivalent affluence. It hinges on the different happiness statements of natives and immigrants in a set of European countries to disentangle the influence of objective circumstances versus psychological and cultural factors. The latter turns out to be of non- negligible importance in explaining international heterogeneity in happiness. In some countries, such as France, they are mainly responsible for the country’s unobserved idiosyncratic source of (un-)happiness.

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Paper provided by CEPREMAP in its series CEPREMAP Working Papers (Docweb) with number 1113.

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Length: 56 pages
Date of creation: Oct 2011
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Handle: RePEc:cpm:docweb:1113
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