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A Happiness Test of Human Capital Theory

  • Piper, Alan T.

This paper tests whether there are wider considerations for undertaking than just income enhancements and improved working conditions. Hence, the investigation here is to ascertain whether there is a happiness premium to education over and above any human capital benefits? A novel feature of the paper is the extended methodological discussion which results from the finding of omitted dynamics. This complicates the analysis, and means that standard FE methods are not wholly appropriate. The discussion details the options available, and offers advice for happiness research where there are omitted dynamics. The empirical results are broadly supportive of human capital theory, and suggest a substantial ‘structural break’ regarding gender.

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Paper provided by University Library of Munich, Germany in its series MPRA Paper with number 43496.

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