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International Evidence on the Social Context of Well-Being

John F. Helliwell, Christopher P. Barrington-Leigh, Anthony Harris, Haifang Huang

NBER Working Paper No. 14720
Issued in February 2009

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This paper is part of the ‘Social Interactions, Identity and Well-Being’ research program of the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research, and is also supported by grants from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada. An earlier version was presented in October 2008 at a conference in Princeton on "International Differences in Well-Being". This version is intended to become a chapter in an Oxford University Press volume of the same name, edited by Kahneman, Diener and Helliwell. We are grateful to conference participants for comments and advice. In revising the paper we have been especially aided by the post-conference review by Richard Layard. The views expressed herein are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Bureau of Economic Research.

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