Are happy youth also satisfied adults? An analysis of the impact of childhood factors on adult life satisfaction
This paper aims to consider whether there is a link between youth
happiness levels and adult life satisfaction. Our results are
unequivocal that such a link exists both because demographic and
socio-economic conditions are persistent over a lifetime and also
because there is a persistence in personality effects. To test this
link, we estimate a model of happiness for a sample of young people.
This model provides us with a range of variables measuring
socio-economic effects and personality effects amongst young people.
These variables are then included in the adult life satisfaction model.
The model is estimated using data from the British Household Panel
Survey for 1994–2008. In addition to childhood happiness levels
influencing adult life satisfaction significantly, we also find that the
youthful personality trait for happiness has a larger effect on adult
life satisfaction than demographic and socio-economic conditions.
Social Indicators Research
Volume and page numbers
121 , 543 -567
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