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Happy States of America: A state-level analysis of psychological, economic, and social well-being
Cambridge University.
Jönköping University, Jönköping International Business School, JIBS, Economics.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-4560-1905
Rotman School of Management.
2009 (English)In: journal of Research in Personality, ISSN 0092-6566, E-ISSN 1095-7251, Vol. 43, no 6, p. 1073-1082Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Cross-national research indicates that well-being is comparatively high in wealthy nations where importance is placed on freedom, self-expression, and independence. The present research aimed to replicate and extend previous work by examining the geographic distribution and correlates of well-being within the US. Links between the Gallup Organization’s Well-being Index and state-level indicators of wealth, class structure, education, social diversity, and personality were examined. Results suggested that residents of states with high levels of well-being were wealthier, better educated, more tolerant, and emotionally stable compared to residents of states with comparatively low levels of well-being. Analyses indicated that connections between well-being and class structure, diversity, and personality remained after controlling income. Causes and consequences of regional differences in well-being are discussed.

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2009. Vol. 43, no 6, p. 1073-1082
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Well-being, Economic geography, Regional differences, Personality
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hj:diva-10586DOI: 10.1016/j.jrp.2009.08.005OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hj-10586DiVA, id: diva2:248873
Available from: 2009-10-09 Created: 2009-10-09 Last updated: 2017-12-13Bibliographically approved

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