Lower in Rank, but Happier: The Complex Relationship between Status and Happiness

Published By: LICOS on eSS | Published Date: September, 29 , 2016

Case studies across the social sciences have established a positive relationship between social status and happiness. In observational data, however, identification challenges remain severe. This study exploits the fact that in India people are assigned a caste from birth. In data on 1000 individuals living in the Punjab, a state with a large income gap between middle and high castes in spite of similar education levels, we find that those in the middle are the least happy. [LICOS Discussion Paper No. 385].

Author(s): Bert Van Landeghem, Anneleen Vandeplas | Posted on: Oct 25, 2016 | Views() | Download (472)

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