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Are Happy People Ethical People? Evidence from North America and Europe


Harvey S. James Jr.


University of Missouri at Columbia - Agricultural and Applied Economics

Athanasios Chymis


University of Missouri at Columbia

July 2004

University of Missouri Agricultural Economics Working Paper No. AEWP 2004-8

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We examine empirically the relationship between happiness and the ethical decisions of individuals. We use data from the 1995-97 wave of the World Values Survey (WVS) to test the hypothesis that the relationship between happiness and ethics is bicausal in the sense that personal ethics affects one's happiness while happiness also affects ethical preferences and proclivities. We find that happiness increases in ethical proclivities and that greater happiness results in improved ethical judgments, after correcting for bicausality and controlling for income and other factors.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 29

Keywords: Happiness, subjective well-being, ethics

JEL Classification: D63, D99, Z13

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Date posted: July 29, 2004  

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James, Harvey S. and Chymis, Athanasios, Are Happy People Ethical People? Evidence from North America and Europe (July 2004). University of Missouri Agricultural Economics Working Paper No. AEWP 2004-8. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=570181 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.570181

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Harvey S. James Jr. (Contact Author)
University of Missouri at Columbia - Agricultural and Applied Economics ( email )
146 Mumford Hall
Columbia, MO 65211
United States
573-884-9682 (Phone)
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HOME PAGE: http://web.missouri.edu/~jamesha
Athanasios Chymis
University of Missouri at Columbia ( email )
Columbia, MO Columbia 65211
United States
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