NATIONAL BUREAU OF ECONOMIC RESEARCH
NATIONAL BUREAU OF ECONOMIC RESEARCH

Measuring and Understanding Subjective Well-Being

John F. Helliwell, Christopher P. Barrington-Leigh

NBER Working Paper No. 15887
Issued in April 2010

---- Acknowledgements -----

This paper includes material presented to, and benefits from discussions at, the OECD symposium on 'Measuring Subjective Well-Being: An Opportunity for National Statistical Offices?', Florence, July 2009. We are grateful to other presenters and participants for their insights and advice, to the Gallup Organization for access to the data from the Gallup World Poll, and to the Statistics Canada Research Data Centre at UBC for access to the full data files for GSS17. We are also grateful for the research collaboration of Shun Wang, Haifang Huang and Anthony Harris, and for the financial support of the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research (including a Junior Fellowship Award for C.P.B.-L.) and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada. The views expressed herein are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect those of the National Bureau of Economic Research.

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