“The Paradox of Declining Female Happiness.
The authors are Betsey Stevenson & Justin Wolfers.
Here’s the abstract: “By many objective measures the lives of women in
the United States have improved over the past 35 years, yet we show that
measures of subjective well-being indicate that women’s happiness has
declined both absolutely and relative to men. The paradox of women’s
declining relative well-being is found across various datasets, measures
of subjective well-being, and is pervasive across demographic groups and
industrialized countries. Relative declines in female happiness have
eroded a gender gap in happiness in which women in the 1970s typically
reported higher subjective well-being than did men. These declines have
continued and a new gender gap is emerging — one with higher subjective
well-being for men.”
The article is online — but requires a subscription — at:
Courtesy of Ken Pope