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


Alpaslan Akay


Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA)

Peter Martinsson


University of Gothenburg - Department of Economics


IZA Discussion Paper No. 4563

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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.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 49

Keywords: subjective well-being, day-of-the-week effect

JEL Classification: C23, D60, I31

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Date posted: November 17, 2009  

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Akay, Alpaslan and Martinsson, Peter, Sundays are Blue: Aren't They? The Day-of-The-Week Effect on Subjective Well-Being and Socio-Economic Status. IZA Discussion Paper No. 4563. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1506315

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Alpaslan Akay (Contact Author)
Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA) ( email )
P.O. Box 7240
Bonn, D-53072
Germany
Peter Martinsson
University of Gothenburg - Department of Economics ( email )
P.O. Box 640
405 30 Goteborg
Sweden
+46-31-786-52 55 (Phone)
+46-31-786-13 26 (Fax)
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