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Journal Article

Longitudinal evidence for a midlife nadir in human well-being: results from four data sets

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Publication date

15 Oct 2015

Summary

There is a large amount of cross-sectional evidence for a midlife low in
the life cycle of human happiness and well-being (a ‘U shape’). Yet no
genuinely longitudinal inquiry has uncovered evidence for a U-shaped
pattern. Thus, some researchers believe the U is a statistical artefact.
We re-examine this fundamental cross-disciplinary question. We suggest a
new test. Drawing on four data sets, and only within-person changes in
well-being, we document powerful support for a U shape in longitudinal
data (without the need for formal regression equations). The article's
methodological contribution is to use the first-derivative properties of
a well-being equation.

Published in

The Economic Journal

DOI

http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/ecoj.12256

ISSN

16

Subjects

Well Being, Life Course Analysis, and Surveys

Links

http://serlib0.essex.ac.uk/record=b1597352~S5

Notes

Online Early; Albert Sloman Library Periodicals *restricted to Univ. Essex registered users*

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