Investigating happiness: a socio-spatial inequalities perspective

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Self-reporting quality of life (QOL), well-being and happiness measures are generated through surveys. Studies confirm their validity as a measure to gauge individual well-being. Personal determinants of ‘happiness’ relate to income, employment status and marital status. Relative income is a topic within happiness research that is still not conclusive. An interesting area of research is the possible impact of social and spatial inequalities upon QOL and happiness. There are inequalities in happiness at the regional level as well as a tendency for some sub-populations to report either lower or higher levels of happiness. The literature in economics and geography has investigated people’s happiness, including addressing recent trends in the relative income hypothesis. The chapter presents an empirical analysis of secondary data on the geography of happiness in the UK.
Originele taal-2English
TitelHandbook of Quality of Life Research
RedacteurenRobert W. Marans, Robert J. Stimson, Noah J. Webster
UitgeverijEdward Elgar
ISBN van elektronische versie9781789908794
ISBN van geprinte versie9781789908787
StatusPublished - 14-mrt.-2024


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