National happiness and genetic distance

Proto, E. and Oswald, A. J. (2017) National happiness and genetic distance. Economic Journal, 127(604), pp. 2127-2152. (doi:10.1111/ecoj.12383)

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Abstract

This article studies a famous unsolved puzzle in quantitative social science. Why do some nations report such high levels of mental well‐being? Denmark, for instance, regularly tops the league table of rich countries’ happiness; Britain and the US enter further down; some nations do unexpectedly poorly. The explanation for the long‐observed ranking – one that holds after adjustment for GDP and other socioeconomic variables – is currently unknown. Using data on 131 countries, the article cautiously explores a new approach. It documents three forms of evidence consistent with the hypothesis that some nations may have a genetic advantage in well‐being.

Item Type:Articles
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Proto, Professor Eugenio
Authors: Proto, E., and Oswald, A. J.
College/School:College of Social Sciences > Adam Smith Business School > Economics
Journal Name:Economic Journal
Publisher:Oxford University Press
ISSN:0013-0133
ISSN (Online):1468-0297
Published Online:03 April 2017

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