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Happiness inequality in the US

Economists at the University of Pennsylvania have carried out a study looking at happiness levels in the US over the last 34 years. What they have found is that the gap between the happiest and the least happy has narrowed. Overall happiness levels have not increased and in some cases the gap has widened.

The researchers revealed that white Americans and woman became slightly less happy and non white Americans and men became happier. They found that the gender happiness gap is no longer apparent. This trend was not observed in all areas. For example, educational attainment still had a significant impact on levels of happiness; those leaving college with a diploma were happier than those with a high school education or less.

The authors say that the changes are not related to money; they report that the trends are different in income growth and income inequality.  To read the article click here



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