The French Unhappiness Puzzle: The Cultural Dimension of Happiness
61 Pages Posted: 11 Dec 2011
This article sheds light on the important differences in self-declared happiness across countries of equivalent affluence. It hinges on the different happiness statements of natives and immigrants in a set of European countries to disentangle the influence of objective circumstances versus psychological and cultural factors. The latter turns out to be of non-negligible importance in explaining international heterogeneity in happiness. In some countries, such as France, they are responsible for 80% of the country's unobserved idiosyncratic source of (un)happiness.
Keywords: happiness, subjective well-being, international comparisons, France, immigration, European Social Survey
JEL Classification: I31, H52, O15, O52, Z10
Suggested Citation: Suggested Citation