International Inequality in Subjective Well-Being: An exploration with the Gallup World Poll
Pablo Gluzmann () and
CEDLAS, Working Papers from CEDLAS, Universidad Nacional de La Plata
In this paper we compute inequality measures over the distribution of a subjective well-being variable constructed from a life satisfaction question included in the Gallup World Poll in almost all countries in the world. We argue that inequality in subjective well-being may be a better proxy for the degree of unfairness in a society than income inequality. We find evidence that inequality in subjective well-being has an inverse-U relationship with per capita GDP, but it is monotonically decreasing with respect to mean subjective well-being. We argue that this difference might be associated to inequality aversion in the space of utility.
JEL-codes: I31 D31 D39 D63 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 33 pages
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