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Adaptation or Social Comparison? The effects of income on happiness

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Two mechanisms have attracted considerable attention from researchers studying the effects of income on happiness: adaptation and social comparison. In this paper we study both mechanisms using a panel of British households. Besides dealing with the UK case in detail, the paper contributes to the literature by considering the two mecha- nisms together and testing for them both separately and jointly. Our results strongly support the existence of adaptation effects but find only weak evidence in favour of social comparison.

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  • Angeles, Luis, 2010. "Adaptation or Social Comparison? The effects of income on happiness," SIRE Discussion Papers 2010-03, Scottish Institute for Research in Economics (SIRE).
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    1. Luis Angeles, 2009. "Adaption and anticipation effects to life events in the United Kingdom," Working Papers 2009_08, Business School - Economics, University of Glasgow.
    2. Ehsan Latif, 2015. "Happiness Adaptation to Income: Evidence from Canada," Economics Bulletin, AccessEcon, vol. 35(3), pages 1477-1487.
    3. Victoria Reyes-García & Ronnie Babigumira & Aili Pyhälä & Sven Wunder & Francisco Zorondo-Rodríguez & Arild Angelsen, 2016. "Subjective Wellbeing and Income: Empirical Patterns in the Rural Developing World," Journal of Happiness Studies, Springer, vol. 17(2), pages 773-791, April.

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