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The U-shape without controls

By David G. Blanchflower and Andrew J. Oswald


This paper is a continuation of results in Blanchflower and Oswald (2008). It provides new evidence that well-being follows a curve through life. We use data on half a million randomly sampled individuals across eight major European nations. Importantly, we show that in this set of countries there is a U-shape even in unadjusted data, that is, without the inclusion of control variables. But we also advise against a focus on elementary bivariate associations

Topics: HN, BF
Publisher: University of Warwick, Department of Economics
Year: 2009
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