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National Happiness and Genetic Distance: A Cautious Exploration


Eugenio Proto


University of Warwick - Department of Economics; IZA Institute of Labor Economics

Andrew J. Oswald


University of Warwick - Department of Economics; IZA Institute of Labor Economics


IZA Discussion Paper No. 8300

Abstract:     
This paper examines a famous puzzle in social science. Why do some nations report such high happiness? Denmark, for instance, regularly tops the league table of rich nations' well-being; Great Britain and the US enter further down; France and Italy do relatively poorly. Yet the explanation for this ranking – one that holds even after adjustment for GDP and socio-economic and cultural variables – remains unknown. We explore a new avenue. Using data on 131 countries, we document a range of evidence consistent with the hypothesis that certain nations may have a genetic advantage in well-being.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 54

Keywords: well-being, international, happiness, genes, GDP

JEL Classification: I30, I31


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Date posted: July 12, 2014  

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Proto, Eugenio and Oswald, Andrew J., National Happiness and Genetic Distance: A Cautious Exploration. IZA Discussion Paper No. 8300. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2465335

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Eugenio Proto (Contact Author)
University of Warwick - Department of Economics ( email )
Coventry CV4 7AL
United Kingdom
IZA Institute of Labor Economics ( email )
P.O. Box 7240
Bonn, D-53072
Germany

Andrew J. Oswald
University of Warwick - Department of Economics ( email )
Coventry CV4 7AL
United Kingdom
523510 (Phone)
IZA Institute of Labor Economics
Schaumburg-Lippe-Str. 7 / 9
Bonn, D-53072
Germany

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