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Happy talk: mode of administration effects on subjective well-being

Dolan, Paul and Kavetsos, Georgios (2016) Happy talk: mode of administration effects on subjective well-being. Journal of Happiness Studies, 17 (3). pp. 1273-1291. ISSN 1389-4978

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Identification Number: 10.1007/s10902-015-9642-8


There is increasing interest in subjective well-being (SWB) both in academic and policy circles. As a result, considerable research efforts are now being directed at the validity and reliability of SWB measures. This study examines how SWB reports differ by survey mode. Using data from the April 2011 to March 2012 Annual Population Survey in the UK we find that individuals consistently report higher SWB over the phone compared to face-to-face interviews. We also show that the determinants of SWB differ significantly by mode, with life circumstances tending to matter more in face-to-face interviews. These results have substantial implications for research and policy purposes.

Item Type: Article
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Additional Information: © 2015 Springer Science+Business Media
Divisions: Social Policy
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HC Economic History and Conditions
H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare. Criminology
JEL classification: D - Microeconomics > D6 - Welfare Economics > D60 - General
I - Health, Education, and Welfare > I3 - Welfare and Poverty > I30 - General
Date Deposited: 15 Jun 2016 13:33
Last Modified: 15 Sep 2023 15:30

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