Authors: Carol Graham; Soumya Chattopadhyay
Addresses: Global Economy and Development Programme, The Brookings Institution, 1775 Massachusetts Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20036, USA ' School of Public Policy, University of Maryland, and Global Economy and Development Programme, The Brookings Institution, 1775 Massachusetts Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20036, USA
Abstract: We explore gender differences in reported well-being around the world, both across and within countries - comparing age, income, and education cohorts. We find that women have higher levels of well-being than men, with a few exceptions in low income countries. We also find differences in the standard relationships between key variables - such as marriage and well-being - when differential gender rights are accounted for. We conclude that differences in well-being across genders are affected by the same empirical and methodological factors that drive the paradoxes underlying income and well-being debates, with norms and expectations playing an important mediating role.
Keywords: economic science; psychological science; well-being; gender; women; demographics; global survey; age; income; education.
International Journal of Happiness and Development, 2013 Vol.1 No.2, pp.212 - 232
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