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Rhythms and cycles in happiness

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Abstract:

This study analyses time-dependent rhythms in happiness in three aspects. We show that the Sunday neurosis exists exclusively for men with a medium level of education and both men and women with high levels of education. Men with high levels of education may even experience a weekend neurosis. This study is the first to test for intra-monthly rhythms and to demonstrate that men with a lower educational background may suffer from negative effects on happiness towards the end of the month, potentially because of liquidity problems. The study is also the first to demonstrate that happiness exhibits seasonal effects over the annual period, depending on gender and education.

Keywords: D12; I21; I31; J16; happiness; life satisfaction; rhythms in time; weekend neurosis

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1080/00036846.2013.829206

Affiliations: Department of Economics, University of Hamburg, 20146, Hamburg, Germany

Publication date: 2014-01-02

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