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Happiness QuantifiedA Satisfaction Calculus Approach$
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Bernard van Praag and Ada Ferrer-i-Carbonell

Print publication date: 2004

Print ISBN-13: 9780198286547

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2005

DOI: 10.1093/0198286546.001.0001

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Males, Females, and Households

Males, Females, and Households

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(p.114) 6 Males, Females, and Households
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Happiness Quantified
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Bernard Van Praag

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/0198286546.003.0006

This chapter examines gender differences in satisfactions, based on surveys of British and German household panels. It is shown that differences in answers to subjective questions are very similar between males and females in the same household. This is particularly true for satisfactions with respect to health, leisure, and jobs. Error correlations between husbands and wives are not very strong. It is also argued that the unobservable characteristics that influence one domain satisfaction are correlated with the ones that influence another domain satisfaction.

Keywords:   domain satisfaction, gender difference, households, males, females

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