ABSTRACT Within countries, there is little relationship between individual satisfaction and social position as measured by gender, age, income and education. This well-known pattern of non-difference remains after correction for measurement error. The pattern is quite similar across nations. The findings do not fit comparison-theory very well, but they do match folklore-theory. Interpretation in terms of livability-theory suggests that these positional differences do not involve much variation in net life-chances in the societies at hand here.

SES, comparative, cross-national, happiness, life satisfaction, social class, stratification, subjective well-being
Eötvös University Press
Department of Sociology

Veenhoven, R. (1996). Satisfaction and social position: within nation differences compared accross nations. Eötvös University Press. Retrieved from http://hdl.handle.net/1765/16319