Europe’s Capital Cities and the Happiness Penalty: An Investigation Using the European Social Survey

  title={Europe’s Capital Cities and the Happiness Penalty: An Investigation Using the European Social Survey},
  author={Alan T. Piper},
  journal={Social Indicators Research},
  • Alan T. Piper
  • Published 1 August 2015
  • Economics
  • Social Indicators Research
This study investigates in three steps whether there is an association between happiness and living in one of Europe’s capital cities. Making use of the European Social Survey, the first step is a raw unadjusted correlation assessment which, overall, finds a negative and statistically significant effect on happiness of living in one of Europe’s capitals. The second step is the addition of socio-economic controls which (overall) increases the happiness penalty associated with living in a… 

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