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Sundays Are Blue: Aren’t They? - The Day-of-the-Week Effect on Subjective Well-Being and Socio-Economic Status

  • Akay, Alpaslan

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    (Department of Economics, School of Business, Economics and Law, Göteborg University)

  • Martinsson, Peter

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    (Department of Economics, School of Business, Economics and Law, Göteborg University)

This paper analyses whether individuals are influenced by the day of the week when reporting subjective well-being. By using a large panel data set and controlling for observed and unobserved individual characteristics, we find a large day-of the-week effect. Overall, we find a ‘blue’ Sunday effect with the lowest level of subjective well-being. The day-of-the-week effect differs with certain socio-economic and demographic factors such as employment, marital status and age. The paper concludes with recommendations for future analyses of subjective well-being data and design of data collections.

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Paper provided by University of Gothenburg, Department of Economics in its series Working Papers in Economics with number 397.

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Length: 48 pages
Date of creation: 13 Nov 2009
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Handle: RePEc:hhs:gunwpe:0397
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