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The French Unhappiness Puzzle: the Cultural Dimension of Happiness

Claudia Senik ()

No 1113, CEPREMAP Working Papers (Docweb) from CEPREMAP

Abstract: This article sheds light on the important differences in self-declared happiness across countries of equivalent affluence. It hinges on the different happiness statements of natives and immigrants in a set of European countries to disentangle the influence of objective circumstances versus psychological and cultural factors. The latter turns out to be of non- negligible importance in explaining international heterogeneity in happiness. In some countries, such as France, they are mainly responsible for the country’s unobserved idiosyncratic source of (un-)happiness.

Keywords: Happiness; Subjective Well-Being; International Comparisons; France; Immigration; European Social Survey (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: H52 I31 O15 O52 Z10 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 56 pages
Date: 2011-10
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-cul, nep-eur, nep-hap and nep-ltv
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