Satisfaction with Life, Happiness, and Inequality – A Pseudo-Panel Study

16 Pages Posted: 24 Feb 2020

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Søren Jensen

VIVE - The Danish Center for Social Science Research

Peder J. Pedersen

Department of Economics Aarhus University ; IZA Institute of Labor Economics

Abstract

The hypothesis tested in this paper is whether the increasing inequality in recent years has had a significant impact on well-being among the population in Denmark. After a survey of the literature we use attitude variables from the European Social Survey in a pseudo-panel setting covering the years 2002 – 2014. We cover respondents from Denmark and supplement the survey data with variables from administrative registers. We find a significant effect from the increasing Gini coefficient since 2002.

Keywords: pseudo-panel, well-being, inequality

JEL Classification: D31, H53, I31

Suggested Citation

Jensen, Søren and Pedersen, Peder J., Satisfaction with Life, Happiness, and Inequality – A Pseudo-Panel Study. IZA Discussion Paper No. 12972, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3542641 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3542641

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