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Top incomes and human well-being around the world

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  • Richard V. Burkhauser
  • Jan-Emmanuel De Neve
  • Nattavudh Powdthavee

The share of income held by the top 1 percent in many countries around the world has been rising persistently over the last 30 years. But we continue to know little about how the rising top income shares affect human well-being. This study combines the latest data to examine the relationship between top income share and different dimensions of subjective well-being. We find top income shares to be significantly correlated with lower life evaluation and higher levels of negative emotional well-being, but not positive emotional well-being. The results are robust to household income, individual’s socio-economic status, and macroeconomic environment controls.

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Paper provided by London School of Economics and Political Science, LSE Library in its series LSE Research Online Documents on Economics with number 66411.

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Length: 60 pages
Date of creation: Jan 2016
Handle: RePEc:ehl:lserod:66411
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