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The Determinants of Happiness in Turkey: Evidence from City-Level Data

Kâzım Anıl Eren () and Ahmet Asici ()
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Kâzım Anıl Eren: Istanbul Technical University

Journal of Happiness Studies, 2017, vol. 18, issue 3, No 2, 647-669

Abstract: Abstract This paper analyses the determinants of happiness in Turkey between 2004 and 2013 by relying on TURKSTAT’s Life Satisfaction Surveys. It contributes to the literature by employing a set of novel variables and a larger dataset which became representative at city-level in 2013. Some of the interesting findings are as follows: degree of hope is found to be the strongest estimator of happiness which was neglected in previous studies; job satisfaction is as important as being employed. Similarly, being married makes people happier only if they are satisfied from their marriage. Education brings more happiness only if it helps to increase income. Moreover, our results support Easterlin Paradox (Nations Househ Econ Growth Essays Honor Moses Abramovitz 1974. doi: 10.1016/B978-0-12-205050-3.50008-7 ). We have shown that happiness and income share a potent and positive relationship when yearly or pooled micro datasets are analysed, which has not been observed in macro data.

Keywords: Determinants of happiness; Ordered logistic regression; TURKSTAT LSS; Degree of hope (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: D69 I31 J12 O12 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2017
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