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There is a mid-life low in well-being in Germany

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David G. Blanchflower, Alan Piper

In: Economics Letters 214 (2022), May 2022, 110430


Kassenboehmer and Haisken-DeNew (2012) claim that there is no well-being midlife low in Germany, when controlling for fixed effects, respondent experience and interviewer characteristics in the German Socio-Economic Panel, 1994-2006. We re-estimate with a longer run of years using their methods and find that well-being declines to a low in midlife and is neither flat nor trivial.

Themen: Wohlbefinden

Keywords: Age; Ageing; Life satisfaction; Interviewer characteristics; Interviewee experience; Fixed effects; Panel analysis; SOEP