The U-shape without controls: A response to Glenn

David G Blanchflower, Andrew J. Oswald

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Abstract

This paper is a continuation of results reported in our article "Is well-being U-shaped over the life cycle?" (Blanchflower & 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.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)486-488
Number of pages3
JournalSocial Science and Medicine
Volume69
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2009
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Aging
  • Depression
  • Happiness
  • Life-course
  • Mental-health
  • Well-being

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