Fairly satisfied : economic equality, wealth and satisfaction
|Title:||Fairly satisfied : economic equality, wealth and satisfaction||Authors:||O'Connell, Michael F.||Permanent link:||http://hdl.handle.net/10197/2535||Date:||Jun-2004||Abstract:||Research appears to demonstrate that economic variables are only marginally predictive of levels of social satisfaction. It was hypothesised that a greater association might be found between satisfaction and equality of income distribution rather than between satisfaction and size of income. The interrelationship between wealth (GDPpc), equality of income and mean satisfaction for fifteen EU states was assessed over a four year period (1995-1998). Equality of income was significantly and positively associated with mean satisfaction levels for all four years while wealth was significantly associated with mean satisfaction only in 1995. One possible interpretation is that egalitarian societies are more satisfying for their members, either because of greater social cohesion or because they have more challenging work opportunities for a greater proportion of individuals. However alternative explanations for the association of equality and satisfaction could only be ruled out when consistent data on equality is gathered over a longer period of time.||Funding Details:||Not applicable||Type of material:||Journal Article||Publisher:||Elsevier||Copyright (published version):||2003 Elsevier B.V.||Keywords:||Satisfaction;Subjective well-being;Income distribution;Social processes;Economic determinism;Equality;Happiness||Subject LCSH:||Satisfaction--Economic aspects
|DOI:||10.1016/S0167-4870(03)00010-2||Language:||en||Status of Item:||Peer reviewed|
|Appears in Collections:||Psychology Research Collection|
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