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IS HAPPINESS U-SHAPED IN AGE EVERYWHERE? A METHODOLOGICAL RECONSIDERATION FOR EUROPE

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posted on 10.05.2022, 05:46 by David Bartram

A recent contribution to research on age and well-being asserts that the impact of age on happiness is ‘u-shaped’ virtually everywhere. I evaluate that finding for European countries, considering whether it is robust to alternative methodological approaches. The analysis excludes control variables that are affected by age (noting that those variables are not antecedents of age) and explores the relationship via models that do not impose a quadratic functional form. The article shows that these alternative approaches do not produce a u-shape ‘everywhere’: u-shapes are evident for some countries, but for others, the pattern is quite different.

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Citation

National Institute Economic Review, 2022, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/nie.2022.1

Author affiliation

School of Media, Communication and Sociology, University of Leicester

Version

AM (Accepted Manuscript)

Published in

National Institute Economic Review

Publisher

Cambridge University Press (CUP)

issn

0027-9501

eissn

1741-3036

Copyright date

2022

Available date

10/05/2022

Notes

Data from the European Social Survey are available at www.europeansocialsurvey.org. The R syntax/code for this article is available on request and at https://osf.io/3axq6/?view_only=0c55ece4430148f8a77a2522975fda79.

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