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Does Happiness Pay Revisited – New Evidence from the U.S.A

Carol Graham and Diana Liu
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Diana Liu: The Gallup Organization

No 2018-061, Working Papers from Human Capital and Economic Opportunity Working Group

Abstract: In this paper, we revisit our 2004 paper that found a strong positive association between happiness and future outcomes, based on data for Russia in the years 1995-2000. This paper takes advantage of a new Gallup panel for the U.S. for 2014-2016. We essentially duplicate our original method, and add some new specifications. We find remarkably similar patterns and associations between initial period happiness and later period outcomes in the U.S., based on a very different time and sample from Russia in the 1990’s. We believe that duplicating the earlier findings in a very different time and place is an important test of how robust this association is. We also find some new twists in the initial patterns that are interesting in their own right. The aim here is not only to show that the causality does not just run from the usual variables to higher or lower levels of well-being, but that the traits that subjective well-being metrics capture, such as happiness and hope, have their own independent role in the outcomes of the lives of myriad individuals around the world.

Keywords: well-being; happiness (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: D31 I31 J39 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-cis, nep-hap and nep-hpe
Date: 2018-09
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