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The paradox of declining female happiness

Betsey Stevenson () and Justin Wolfers ()

No 2009-11, Working Paper Series from Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco

Abstract: By many objective measures the lives of women in the United States have improved over the past 35 years, yet we show that measures of subjective well-being indicate that women?s happiness has declined both absolutely and relative to men. The paradox of women?s declining relative well-being is found across various datasets, measures of subjective well-being, and is pervasive across demographic groups and industrialized countries. Relative declines in female happiness have eroded a gender gap in happiness in which women in the 1970s typically reported higher subjective well-being than did men. These declines have continued and a new gender gap is emerging?one with higher subjective well-being for men.

Keywords: Well-being (search for similar items in EconPapers)
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Date: 2009, Revised 2009
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