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The Origins of HappinessThe Science of Well-Being over the Life Course$
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Andrew Clark, Sarah Fléche, Richard Layard, Nattavudh Powdthavee, and George Ward

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780691196336

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: May 2020

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691196336.001.0001

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Happiness over the Life Course: What Matters Most?

Happiness over the Life Course: What Matters Most?

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(p.15) 1 Happiness over the Life Course: What Matters Most?
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The Origins of Happiness
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Andrew E. Clark

Sarah Flèche

Richard Layard

Nattavudh Powdthavee

George Ward

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Princeton University Press
DOI:10.23943/princeton/9780691196336.003.0002

This chapter estimates the five sets of relationships discussed in the previous chapter, using two surveys. It first estimates relationships the first four sets, using the British Cohort Study data (BCS) on children born in 1970. Then the chapter estimates the fifth relationship, using data on the British cohort born mainly in the county of Avon in 1991–1992. These are of course results for Britain, but they are typical of what is found across the advanced world. And though the analysis in the chapter is purely cross-sectional, the chapter also discusses panel estimation at length. At this point, the key lesson is the power of these studies to shed a completely new perspective on human life.

Keywords:   relationships, British Cohort Study, human life, lifespan, happiness

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