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ERIC Number: EJ984191
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Dec
Pages: 31
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 28
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0303-8300
Subjective Well-Being: Keeping up with the Perception of the Joneses
Guven, Cahit; Sorensen, Bent E.
Social Indicators Research, v109 n3 p439-469 Dec 2012
Using data from the US General Social Survey 1972-2004, we study the role of perceptions and status in self-reported happiness. Reference group income negatively relates to own happiness and high perceptions about own relative income, quality of dwelling, and social class relate positively and very significantly to happiness. Perceptions about income and status matter more for females, and for low income, conservative, more social, and less trusting individuals. Dwelling perceptions matter more for males, and for middle income, married, conservative, more social, and less trusting individuals. (Contains 17 tables, 3 figures and 9 footnotes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: General Social Survey