Reported Subjective Well-Being: A Challenge for Economic Theory and Economic Policy

@inproceedings{Stutzer2003ReportedSW,
  title={Reported Subjective Well-Being: A Challenge for Economic Theory and Economic Policy},
  author={Alois Stutzer and B. S. Frey},
  year={2003}
}
Over the past few years, there has been a steadily increasing interest on the part of economists in happiness research. This paper argues that reported subjective well-being is a satisfactory empirical approximation to individual utility and endeavors to provide an impression of this new, and challenging, development. We study data from the German Socio-Economic Panel to better understand (i) the role of aspirations in the relationship between income and happiness and (ii) the effect of… CONTINUE READING

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