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February 2009International Evidence on the Social Context of Well-Being
with John F. Helliwell, Christopher P. Barrington-Leigh, Haifang Huang: w14720
This paper uses the first three waves of the Gallup World Poll to investigate differences across countries, cultures and regions in the factors linked to life satisfaction, paying special attention to the social context. Our principal findings are: First, using the larger pooled sample, we find that answers to the satisfaction with life and Cantril ladder questions provide consistent views of what constitutes a good life, with an average of the two measures providing a clearer picture than either measure on its own. Second, we find strong evidence for the importance of both income and social context variables in explaining within-country and international differences in well-being. For most specifications tested, the combined effects of a few measures of the social and institutional conte...

Published: International Evidence on the Social Context of Well-Being John F. Helliwell, Christopher P. Barrington-Leigh, Anthony Harris and Haifang Huang In Ed Diener, John F. Helliwell and Daniel Kahneman, eds. International Differences in Well-Being, Oxford University Press, 2010.

 
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