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Top incomes and subjective well-being

Michał Brzeziński ()

No 2018-15, Working Papers from Faculty of Economic Sciences, University of Warsaw

Abstract: We use data from the World Wealth & Income Database, the European Values Surveys and World Values Surveys to estimate the relationship between top income shares and subjective well-being in a sample of 35 countries observed between 1980s and 2010s (139 surveys and more than 200,000 respondents). Results show that top 1% income shares are positively associated with happiness, but not with life satisfaction. The effect is present in a subsample of Western countries. We discuss possible explanations for the positive association between top income shares and happiness.

Keywords: top incomes; subjective well-being; life satisfaction; happiness; income inequality; World Wealth & Income Database (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: D63 I31 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
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Date: 2018
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