Does Happiness Converge?

Apergis, Nicholas, Georgellis, Yannis (2015) Does Happiness Converge? Journal of Happiness Studies, 16 (1). pp. 67-76. ISSN 1389-4978. (doi:10.1007/s10902-013-9495-y) (The full text of this publication is not currently available from this repository. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided)

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Abstract

Using the Phillips and Sul (Econometrica 75:1771–1855, 2007) club convergence and clustering procedure, we examine happiness convergence dynamics across Europe. Although we reject the hypothesis of full convergence, we find evidence of distinct happiness convergence clubs. Against the background of a weak link between income and happiness in the existing literature, we advocate that happiness convergence is a legitimate policy goal on its own right as well as a useful barometer of changes in the political landscape, societal values, and citizens’ sentiments about developments in the European Union.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1007/s10902-013-9495-y
Uncontrolled keywords: Panel convergence, Happiness, Life satisfaction. European Union,
Subjects: H Social Sciences
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > Kent Business School
Depositing User: Yannis Georgellis
Date Deposited: 09 May 2014 00:27 UTC
Last Modified: 29 May 2019 12:34 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/41046 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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