How Does Subjective Well-Being Evolve with Age? A Literature Review

35 Pages Posted: 13 Apr 2013

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Beatriz López Ulloa

University of Hohenheim

Valerie Moller

Rhodes University

Alfonso Sousa-Poza

University of Hohenheim - Institute of Household and Consumer Economics; IZA Institute of Labor Economics

Abstract

This literature review provides an overview of the theoretical and empirical research in several disciplines on the relation between ageing and subjective well-being, i.e., how subjective well-being evolves across the lifespan. Because of the different methodologies, data sets and samples used, comparison among disciplines and studies is difficult. However, extant studies do show either a U-shaped, inverted U-shaped or linear relation between ageing and subjective well-being.

Keywords: life satisfaction, ageing, U-shape

JEL Classification: J14, J28

Suggested Citation

López Ulloa, Beatriz and Moller, Valerie and Sousa-Poza, Alfonso, How Does Subjective Well-Being Evolve with Age? A Literature Review. IZA Discussion Paper No. 7328, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2250327

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