INEQUALITY AND HAPPINESS
Ada Ferrer-i-Carbonell and
Xavi Ramos ()
Journal of Economic Surveys, 2014, vol. 28, issue 5, 1016-1027
In recent years there has been an accumulation of empirical evidence suggesting that individuals dislike inequality. The literature has built upon estimating the degree of this dislike as well as its causes. The use of self-reported measures of satisfaction or well-being as a proxy for utility has been one of the empirical strategies used to this end. In this survey, we review the papers that estimate or examine the relationship between inequality and self-reported happiness to conclude that inequality correlates negatively with happiness in Western societies. Some of the surveyed papers identify particular sources of heterogeneity on preferences over inequality. The evidence for non-Western societies is more mixed and less reliable. Notwithstanding that, trust in the institutions seems to play an important role in shaping the relationship between income inequality and subjective well-being. We conclude with suggestions for further research.
References: Add references at CitEc
Citations View citations in EconPapers (8) Track citations by RSS feed
Downloads: (external link)
Access to full text is restricted to subscribers.
This item may be available elsewhere in EconPapers: Search for items with the same title.
Export reference: BibTeX
RIS (EndNote, ProCite, RefMan)
Persistent link: https://EconPapers.repec.org/RePEc:bla:jecsur:v:28:y:2014:i:5:p:1016-1027
Ordering information: This journal article can be ordered from
http://www.blackwell ... bs.asp?ref=0950-0804
Access Statistics for this article
More articles in Journal of Economic Surveys from Wiley Blackwell
Series data maintained by Wiley-Blackwell Digital Licensing ().