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Longitudinal Evidence for a Midlife Nadir in Human Well-being: Results from Four Data Sets

Terence C. Cheng, Nattavudh Powdthavee and Andrew J. Oswald
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Terence C. Cheng: University of Melbourne
Andrew J. Oswald: University of Warwick and CAGE

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Abstract: There is a large amount of cross-sectional evidence for a midlife low in the life cycle of human happiness and well-being (a ‘U shape’). Yet no genuinely longitudinal inquiry has uncovered evidence for a U-shaped pattern. Thus some researchers believe the U is a statistical artefact. We re-examine this fundamental cross-disciplinary question. We suggest a new test. Drawing on four data sets, and only within-person changes in well-being, we document powerful support for a U-shape in unadjusted longitudinal data without the need for regression equations. The paper’s methodological contribution is to exploit the first-derivative

Keywords: Life-cycle happiness; subjective well-being; longitudinal study; U shape (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2014
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