The Asymmetric Experience of Positive and Negative Economic Growth: Global Evidence Using Subjective Well-Being Data

De Neve, Jan-Emmanuel, Ward, George, De Keulenaer, Femke, Van Landeghem, Bert, Kavetsos, Georgios and Norton, Michael I. (2018) The Asymmetric Experience of Positive and Negative Economic Growth: Global Evidence Using Subjective Well-Being Data. Review of Economics and Statistics, 100 (2). pp. 362-375.

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Abstract

Are individuals more sensitive to losses than gains in terms of economic growth? We find that measures of subjective well-being are more than twice as sensitive to negative as compared to positive economic growth. We use Gallup World Poll data from over 150 countries, BRFSS data on 2.3 million US respondents, and Eurobarometer data that cover multiple business cycles over four decades. This research provides a new perspective on the welfare cost of business cycles, with implications for growth policy and the nature of the long-run relationship between GDP and subjective well-being.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Economics, economic growth, business cycles, subjective well-being
Subject(s): Economics
Date Deposited: 27 Mar 2017 14:29
Last Modified: 07 Nov 2018 16:02
Funders: N/A
URI: http://eureka.sbs.ox.ac.uk/id/eprint/6317

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