Income and emotional well-being: A conflict resolved

Matthew A. Killingsworth, Daniel Kahneman, and Barbara Mellers explore the relationship between income and emotional well-being.

“Using dichotomous questions about the preceding day, [Kahneman and Deaton, Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. U.S.A. 107, 16489–16493 (2010)] reported a flattening pattern: happiness increased steadily with log(income) up to a threshold and then plateaued. Using experience sampling with a continuous scale, [Killingsworth, Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. U.S.A. 118, e2016976118 (2021)] reported a linear-log pattern in which average happiness rose consistently with log(income).”

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Labels: Inclusive Growth, Macro Demystified


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