How Persistent is Life Satisfaction? Evidence From European Immigration

32 Pages Posted: 21 Apr 2018

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Niclas Berggren

Research Institute of Industrial Economics (IFN); University of Economics, Prague - Faculty of Economics and Public Administration

Andreas Bergh

Research Institute of Industrial Economics (IFN); Lund University - Department of Economics

Christian Bjørnskov

Aarhus University - Department of Economics and Business; Research Institute of Industrial Economics (IFN); Center for Political Studies; Institute for Corruption Studies

Shiori Tanaka

Tokyo Institute of Technology - Tokyo Institute of Technology, Students

Date Written: April 4, 2018

Abstract

This paper asks to what extent life satisfaction among immigrants remains similar to that in their country of origin and to what extent it adapts to that in their country of residence. We employ data from 29,000 immigrants in the European Social Survey to estimate the relative importance of these influences. We find evidence that the persistence of life satisfaction from the country of origin is strong for migrants from developed countries and close to zero for migrants from formerly communist countries. We also find that persistence for second-generation immigrants is similar but weaker than for their parents.

Keywords: Life Satisfaction, Happiness, Life Satisfaction, Heritability, Culture, Immigration

JEL Classification: I31, Z10

Suggested Citation

Berggren, Niclas and Bergh, Andreas and Bjørnskov, Christian and Tanaka, Shiori, How Persistent is Life Satisfaction? Evidence From European Immigration (April 4, 2018). IFN Working Paper No. 1206, 2018. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3156303

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Christian Bjørnskov

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Shiori Tanaka

Tokyo Institute of Technology - Tokyo Institute of Technology, Students ( email )

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