Using General Social Survey data from 1972 to 2008, we found that Americans were on average happier in the years with less national income inequality than in the years with more national income inequality. We further demonstrated that this inverse relation between income inequality and happiness was explained by perceived fairness and general trust. That is, Americans trusted other people less and perceived other people to be less fair in the years with more national income inequality than in the years with less national income inequality. The negative association between income inequality and happiness held for lower-income respondents, but not for higher-income respondents. Most important, we found that the negative link between income inequality and the happiness of lower-income respondents was explained not by lower household income, but by perceived unfairness and lack of trust.
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Monday, October 03, 2011
Income inequality, happiness, and trust.
From Oishi et al., observations that correlate with many experiments showing that people are more concerned with their relative income rank and fairness, rather than absolute income:
Posted by Deric Bownds at 4:30 AM
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If only happiness research was actually scientific and not a joke.ReplyDelete
This proves that happiness is not in material possessions, but in the value we place upon things we do have and don't have. It's nicer to create more income by getting into binary options trading, though.ReplyDelete