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Well-being over the life span: semiparametric evidence from British and German longitudinal data

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Publication date

Mar 2013

Abstract

This paper applies This paper applies semiparametric regression models using penalized splines to investigate the profile of well-being over the life span. Using data from the British Household Panel Survey (BHPS) and the German Socio-Economic Panel Study (SOEP), the analysis shows a common, and quite similar, age-specific pattern of life satisfaction for both Britain and Germany that can be characterized by three age stages. The evidence suggests that the U-shaped profile is a good approximation of decreasing and increasing well-being in the first and second stage. After people reached their late 60s, however, a decline in well-being is found in the third stage.

Published in

Review of Economics and Statistics

Volume and page numbers

95 , 154 -167

DOI

http://dx.doi.org/10.1162/REST_a_00222

ISSN

16

Subjects

Well Being and Life Course Analysis

Links

http://serlib0.essex.ac.uk/record=b1588265~S5

Notes

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