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What Buys Happiness? Analyzing Trends in Subjective Well-Being in 15 European Countries, 1973-2002

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Trends in life satisfaction are examined across 15 European countries employing a modified version of Kendall's Tau. Analyses show that GDP growth relative to growth in the preceding period is a determinant of the trends; the same holds for the growth in life expectancy while the contemporaneous growth in the current account balance exerts a positive influence. Relative unemployment growth becomes significant when interacted with a measure of political ideology. The effects of relative GDP growth vary with median ideology.
Original languageEnglish
Publication year2004
Publication statusPublished - 2004
EventHappiness, Economics, and Interpersonal Relationships -
Duration: 3 Dec 20044 Dec 2004

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ConferenceHappiness, Economics, and Interpersonal Relationships
Period03/12/200404/12/2004

    Research areas

  • Happiness, Life Satisfaction

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