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Sundays Are Blue: Aren’t They? - The Day-of-the-Week Effect on Subjective Well-Being and Socio-Economic Status

Alpaslan Akay () and Peter Martinsson

No 397, Working Papers in Economics from University of Gothenburg, Department of Economics

Abstract: This paper analyses whether individuals are influenced by the day of the week when reporting subjective well-being. By using a large panel data set and controlling for observed and unobserved individual characteristics, we find a large day-of the-week effect. Overall, we find a ‘blue’ Sunday effect with the lowest level of subjective well-being. The day-of-the-week effect differs with certain socio-economic and demographic factors such as employment, marital status and age. The paper concludes with recommendations for future analyses of subjective well-being data and design of data collections.

Keywords: subjective well-being; day-of-the-week effect (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: C23 D60 I31 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 48 pages
Date: 2009-11-13
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