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The University of Southampton
Economic, Social and Political Sciences

Happiness among Europeans in times of economic recession Seminar

Social Statistics and Demography
22 May 2014
Building 2, room 1039

For more information regarding this seminar, please telephone Centre for Population Change on 023280594080 (Mel Morgan – Centre Administrator) or email .

Event details

Centre for Population Change seminar

The paper assesses the dynamics of self-reported happiness in 26 European countries during the Great Recession and the sovereign debt crisis using all waves of the European Social Survey - including the newly released sixth round to obtain a pooled dataset spanning from 2002 to 2012.

Using information on the interview to reconstruct quarterly happiness series and the associated macroeconomic data, the paper investigates whether the heterogeneous experience of the crisis explains trends and differentials.
In doing so, it holds the observed patterns up against a set of relevant theories aimed at explaining the effect of deprivation on individual wellbeing.

Speaker information

Professor Francesco Billari , University of Oxford. Professor of Sociology and Demography

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