nep-hap New Economics Papers
on Economics of Happiness
Issue of 2017‒05‒21
three papers chosen by
Viviana Di Giovinazzo
Università degli Studi di Milano-Bicocca

  1. Unfairness at Work: Well-Being and Quits By Marta Barazzetta; Andrew E. Clark; Conchita D'Ambrosio
  2. Longitudinal evidence for a midlife nadir in human well-being: Results from four data sets By Terence C. Cheng; Nattavudh Powdthavee; Andrew J. Oswald
  3. Over-education and Life Satisfaction among Immigrant and Non-immigrant Workers in Canada By Frank, Kristyn; Hou, Feng

  1. By: Marta Barazzetta ( - Université du Luxembourg); Andrew E. Clark (PSE - Paris School of Economics, PSE - Paris-Jourdan Sciences Economiques - ENS Paris - École normale supérieure - Paris - INRA - Institut National de la Recherche Agronomique - EHESS - École des hautes études en sciences sociales - ENPC - École des Ponts ParisTech - CNRS - Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique); Conchita D'Ambrosio ( - Université du Luxembourg)
    Abstract: We here consider the effect of unfair income on both subjective well-being and objective future job quitting. In five waves of German Socio-Economic Panel data, those who perceive their labour income to be unfair have significantly lower subjective well-being, both in terms of cognitive evaluations (life and job satisfaction) and affect (the frequency of feeling happy, sad, angry and worried). Perceived unfairness also translates into objective labour-market behaviour, with current unfair income predicting future job quits.
    Keywords: Fair income,subjective well-being,quits,SOEP
    Date: 2017–01
  2. By: Terence C. Cheng; Nattavudh Powdthavee; Andrew J. Oswald
    Abstract: There is a large amount of cross-sectional evidence for a midlife low in the life cycle of human happiness and well-being (a ‘U shape’). Yet no genuinely longitudinal inquiry has uncovered evidence for a U-shaped pattern. Thus, some researchers believe the U is a statistical artefact. We re-examine this fundamental cross-disciplinary question. We suggest a new test. Drawing on four data sets, and only within-person changes in well-being, we document powerful support for a U shape in longitudinal data (without the need for formal regression equations). The article's methodological contribution is to use the first-derivative properties of a well-being equation.
    JEL: J1
    Date: 2017–02–01
  3. By: Frank, Kristyn; Hou, Feng
    Abstract: The increased migration of skilled workers globally has led to a focus in the immigration literature on the economic costs of unsuccessful labour market integration. Less attention has been given to the consequences of employment difficulties, such as those related to over-education, on aspects of immigrants? subjective well-being. Although a large proportion of immigrants experience over-education, studies examining the relationship between over-education and life satisfaction tend to concentrate on the general population. These studies find a negative relationship between over-education and life satisfaction. Since immigrant and Canadian-born (non-immigrant) workers may experience over-education differently, it is important to examine this relationship in both groups. This study examines how over-education is associated with life satisfaction among university-educated immigrant and non-immigrant workers in Canada, and accounts for differences in the degree of over-education in each group.
    Keywords: Education, training and learning, Educational attainment, Health, Job training and educational attainment, Labour, Mental health and well-being, Outcomes of education
    Date: 2017–05–05

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