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Rhythms and Cycles in Happiness

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  • Wolfgang Maennig

    (Chair for Economic Policy, University of Hamburg)

  • Malte Steenbeck

    (Chair for Economic Policy, University of Hamburg)

  • Markus Wilhelm

    (Chair for Economic Policy, University of Hamburg)

Abstract

This study analyses time-dependent rhythms in happiness in three aspects. We show that the Sunday neurosis exists exclusively for men with a medium level of education and both men and women with high levels of education. Men with high levels of education may even experience a weekend neurosis. This study is the first to test for intra-monthly rhythms and to demonstrate that men with a lower educational background may suffer from negative effects on happiness towards the end of the month, potentially due to liquidity problems. The study is also the first to demonstrate that – even when controlling for health and income effects – happiness exhibits seasonal effects over the annual period, depending on gender and education.

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  • Wolfgang Maennig & Malte Steenbeck & Markus Wilhelm, 2013. "Rhythms and Cycles in Happiness," Working Papers 046, Chair for Economic Policy, University of Hamburg.
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    Keywords

    Happiness; life satisfaction; weekend neurosis; rhythms in time;
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    JEL classification:

    • I31 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Welfare, Well-Being, and Poverty - - - General Welfare, Well-Being
    • N70 - Economic History - - Economic History: Transport, International and Domestic Trade, Energy, and Other Services - - - General, International, or Comparative
    • Q48 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Energy - - - Government Policy

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