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Authors Title / Source Year Salmela-Aro, K.; Nurmi, J.E. Depressive Symptoms and Personal Project Appraisals: A Cross-Lagged Longitudinal Study.
Personality and Individual Differences, 1996, Vol. 21, 373 - 381
Hagerty, M.R. Social Comparison of Incomes in One's Community: Evidence from National Surveys of Income and Happiness.
Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 2000, Vol. 78, 764 - 771
Delhey, J.; Kohler, U. From Nationally bounded to Pan-European Inequalities? On the Importance of Foreign Countries as Reference Groups.
European Sociological Review, 2006, Vol. 22, 125 - 140
Evans, S.; Huxley, P.J. Adaptation, Response-shift and Quality of Life Ratings in Mentally Well and Unwell Groups.
Quality of Life Research, 2005, Vol. 14, 1719 - 1732
Clark, A.E.; Frijters, P.; Shields, M.A. Relative Income, Happiness and Utility: An Explanation for the Easterlin Paradox and Other Puzzles.
Journal of Economic Literature, 2008, Vol. 46, 95 - 144 (also Discussion Paper no. 2840, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA), 2007, Bonn, Germany)
Lyubomirsky, S.; Kasri, F.; Tucker, K.L. Responses to Hedonically Social Comparisons: Comparing Happy and Unhappy People.
European Journal of Social Psychology, 2002, Vol. 31, 511 - 535
Pinhey, T.K.; Colfax, R.S.; Rubinstein, D.H. Overweight and Happiness: The Reflected Self-Appraisal Hypothesis Reconstructed.
Social Science Quarterly, 1997, Vol. 78, 747 - 755.
Caporale, G.M.; Georgellis, Y.; Tsitsianis, N.; Yin, Y.P. Income and Happiness across Europe: Do Reference Values matter?
CESifo working Paper no. 2146, 2007, Munich, Germany.
Firebaugh, G.; Schroeder, M.B. Does Your Neighbor's Income Affect Your Happiness?
American Journal of Sociology, 2009, Vol. 115, 805 - 831
van Oudenhoven-vander Zee, K.I.; Buunk, B.P.; DeRuiter, J.H. Social Comparison and the Subjective Well-Being of Cancer Patients.
Basic and Applied Social Psychology, 1996, Vol.18, 453 - 468
Mayraz, G.; Schupp, J.; Wagner, G.G. Life Satisfaction and Relative Income-Perceptions and Evidence.
SOEP Paper no. 214, 2009, Berlin, Germany
Georgellis, Y.; Tsitsianis, N.; Yin, P. Personal Values as Mitigating Factors in the Link Between Income and Life Satisfaction: Evidence from the European Social Survey.
Social Indicators Research, Vol. 91, 2009, 329 - 344
Layard, R.; Mayraz, G.; Nickell, S.J. Does Relative Income Matter? Are the Critics Right?
Working paper SOEP No. 210, DIW, 2009, Berlin, Germany. (also published in: Diener E.;Helliwell J.E.; Kahneman D.;Eds.: ''International Differences in Well-Being'', Oxford University Press, 2010, 139 - 165)
Ferrer-i-Carbonell, A. Income and Well-Being: An empirical Analysis of the Comparison Income Effect.
Journal of Public Economics, 2005, Vol. 89, 997 - 1019
Angeles, L. Adaptation or Social Comparison? The Effects of Income and Happiness.
Paper University of Glasgow, Department of Economics, 2008, UK
Byrne-Davis, L.M.; Bennett, D.S.; Wilcock, G.K. How are Quality of Life Ratings Made? Toward a Model of Quality of Life in People with Dementia.
Quality of Life Research, 2006, Vol. 15, 855 - 865
Becchetti, L.; Castriota, S.; Giachin Ricca, E. Beyond the Joneses: Intercountry Income Comparisons and Happiness.
Quaderno, 2010, Vol. 82, Dept. of Economics, Finances and Statistics, Perugia, Italy
Senik, C. Direct Evidence on Income Comparisons and their welfare Effects.
Journal of Economic Behavioral and Organization, 2009, Vol. 72, 408 - 424
Carrieri, V. Social Comparison and Subjective Well-being: Does the Health of Others Matter?
Working Paper no. 14-2010, University of Calabria, Department of Economics, 2010, Italy
McBride, M. Relative-income Effects on subjective Well-being in the Cross-section.
Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, 2001, Vol 45, 251 - 278
Cummins, R.A. Comparison Theory in Economic Psychology regarding the Easterlin Paradox and decreasing Marginal Utility: a Critique.
Applied Research in Quality of Life, 2011,Vol. 6, 241 - 252
Fitzroy, F.; Nolan, M.; Steinhardt, M. F. Age, Life-Satisfaction, and Relative Income: Insights from the UK and Germany.
IZA Discussion Paper no. 6045, 2011, Bonn, Germany
Knies, G. Income Comparisons among Neighbours and Satisfaction in East and West Germany.
Social Indicators Research, 2012, Vol. 106, 471 - 489
Barrington-Leigh, C.; Helliwell, J.F. Empathy and Emulation: Life Satisfaction and the Urban Geography of Comparison Groups.
NBER Working Paper No.14593, 2008, Cambridge, MA, USA
Welsch, H.; Kühling, J. Income Comparison, Income Formation, and Subjective Well-Being: New Evidence on Envy versus Signaling.
Oldenburg Discussion Papers in Economics, No V-356-13, 2013, Oldenburg, Germany
Pannenberg, M.; Goerke, L. Direct Evidence on Income Comparisons and Subjective Well-Being.
EconStor ZBW Conference Paper, No. F03-V2, 2013, Berlin, Germany
Cuesta, M.B.; Budria, S. Deprivation and Subjective Well-being: Evidence from Panel Data.
EA Working Papers, 2011, No.8, UA Madrid, Spain
DelaCroix, D. Growth and the Relativity of Satisfaction.
Mathematical Social Sciences. 1998, Vol. 36, 105 - 125
Fitzroy, F.; Nolan, M.; Steinhardt, M. F. So Far so Good: Age, Happiness, and Relative Income.
SOEP Papers 415, 2011, Berlin, Germany
Frieswijk, N.; Slaets, J.P.J.; Steverink, N. The Effect of Social Comparison Information on the Life Satisfaction of Frail Older Persons.
Psychology and Aging, 2004, Vol. 19, 183 - 190
Paul, S.; Guilbert, D. Income-Happiness Paradox in Australia: Testing the Theories of Adaptation and Social Comparison.
Economic Modeling, 2013, Vol. 30, 900 - 910
Wadsworth, T. Sex and the Pursuit of Happiness: How Other People’s Sex Lives are Related to our Sense of Well-Being.
Social Indicators Research, 2014, Vol. 116, 115 - 135
Jorgensen, B.S.; Jamieson, R.D.; Martin, J.K. Income, Sense of Community and Subjective Well-Being: Combining Economic and Psychological Variables.
Journal of Economic Psychology, 2010, Vol. 31, 612 - 623
Ateca-Amestoy, V.; Aguilar, A.,C.; Moro-Egido, A.,C. Social Integrations and Life Satisfaction: Evidence from Latin America.
Journal of Happiness Studies, 2014, Vol. 15, 527 - 554
Akay, A.; Bargain, O.; Zimmermann, K.F. Home Sweet Home? Macroeconomic Conditions in Home Countries and the Well-Being of Migrants.
Journal of Human Resources, 2017, Vol. 52, 351 - 373
Dumludag, D Satisfaction and Comparison Income in Transition and Developed Economies.
International Review of Economics, 2014, Vol. 61, 127 - 152
Blauw, S. L. Well-to-do or Doing Well? Empirical Studies of Wellbeing and Development.
Thesis, The Tinberg Instute Research Series, "Well-to-Do or Doing Well? Empirical studies of Wellbeing and Development", 2014, Rotterdam, The Netherlands, Chapter 3
Hodkinson, B.; Visser, M. Effects of Objective and Subjective Income Comparisons on Subjective Wellbeing.
South Africa Labour and Development Research Unit, Working Paper Series, 2013, No, 118, Cape Town, South Africa
Wolbring, T.; Keuschnigg, M.; Negele, E. Needs, Comparisons, and Adaptation: The Importance of Relative Income for Life Satisfaction.
European Sociological Review, 2013, Vol. 29, 86 - 104
Guven, C.; Sorensen, B. Subjective Well-Being: Keeping Up with the Perception of the Joneses.
Social Indicators Research, 2012, Vol. 109, 439 - 469
Vendrik, M. Adaptation, Anticipation and Social Interaction in Happiness: An Integrated Error-correction Approach.
Journal of Public Economics, 2013, Vol. 105, 131 - 149
Brodeur, A.; Fleche, S. Where the Streets have a Name: Income Comparisons in the US.
IZA DP, 2013, No. 7256, Paris, France
Cheng, S.T.; Chan, A.C.; Fung, H.H. Self-Perception and Psychological Well-Being: The Benefits of Foreseeing a Worse Future.
Psychology and Aging, 2009, Vol. 24, 623 - 633
Drichoutis, A.; Lazaridis, P.; Nayga Jr., R.M. Do Reference Values Matter? Some Notes and Extensions on ‘‘Income and Happiness Across Europe''.
Journal of Economic Psychology, 2010, Vol. 31, 479 - 486
Barcena Martin, E.; Cortes-aguilar, A.; Moro-Egido, A.,C. The role of Proximity and Social Comparisons on Subjective Well-Being.
ThE Papers, 2013, No. 13/10, Granada, Spain
Brown, S.; Gray, D.; Roberts, J. The Relative Income Hypothesis: A Comparison of Methods.
Serps, 2015, No. 2015006, 1 - 9, Sheffield, Uk
Clark, A.E. Social comparisons, Health and Well-being.
LSE Research Online, 2013, Vol. 61, 184 - 188
Schmitt, M.; Widdershoven, G. Longitudinal Effects of Fraternal Deprivation on Life Satisfaction and Mental Health.
PsyDok Open-Access-Server der Virtuellen Fachbibliothek Psychologie, 2004, Vol 96, 1- 35
Becchetti, L.; Castriota, S.; Giachin Ricca, E. Beyond the Joneses: Inter-country Income Comparisons and Happiness.
EcoIne Working Paper Series, 2013, No. 189, 1 - 18
Brown, S.; Gray, D. Household Finances and Well-Being: An Empirical Analysis of Comparison Effects.
SERPS, 2014, No. 2014015, 1 - 39, Sheffield, UK.
Collewet, M.; DeGrip, A.; DeKoning, J. Conspicuous Work: Peer Working Time, Labour Supply and Happiness for Male Workers.
IZA DP, 2015, No. 9011, 1 - 43, Bonn, Germany
Peck, M.; Merighi, J.R. The Relation of Social Comparison to Subjective Well-Being and Health Status in Older Adults.
Journal of Human Behavior in the Social Environment, 2003, Vol. 16, 121 - 142
Zeidan, J. Are Comparisons Luxuries? Subjective Poverty and Positional Concerns in Indonesia.
AMSE Working Papers, 2015, No. 5, 1 - 27, Marseille, France
Fontaine Carrion, X.; Katsunori, Y Caste Comparisons: Evidence from India.
Discussion Paper, 2013, No. 867, Osaka, Japan
Dumludag, D; Gökdemir, O.; Yakut, S.G. Income Comparison, Collectivism and Life Satisfaction in Turkey
Quality & Quantity International Journal of Methodology, 2015
Deaton, A.; Stone, A.A. Two Happiness Puzzles.
American Economical Review, 2013, Vol. 103, 591 - 597
Kingdon, G.G.; Knight, J.B. Community, Comparisons and Subjective Well-being in a Divided Society.
HAL - Archives Ouvertes, 2007, No. 00531870, 1 - 35
Clark, A.E. Adaptation and the Easterlin Paradox.
HAL Archives Ouvertes, 2015, No. 01112725, 1 - 30
Fontaine Carrion, X. Personal Communication on: Caste Comparisons: Evidence from India
Discussion Paper No. 867 presented at The Institute of Social and Economic Research Osaka University, 2013, Osaka, Japan
Akay, A.; Bargain, O.; Robalino, J. Remittances and Relative Concerns in Rural China.
IZA Discussion Paper, 2015, No. 9163, 1 - 41
Zhang, j.; Lester, D.; Zhao, J. Life Satisfaction and Its Correlates among College Students in China: A Test of Social Reference Theory.
Asian Journal of Psychiatry, 2014 , Vol. 10,17 - 20
Dumludag, D; Gökdemir, O.; Vendrik, M. Relative Income and Life Satisfaction of Turkish Immigrants: The Impact of a Collectivistic Culture.
IZA Discussion Paper, 2015, No. 9282, 1 - 41
Grimes, A.; Reinhardt, M. Relative Income and Subjective Wellbeing: Intra-national and Inter-national Comparisons by Settlement and Country Type
Motu Working Paper, 2015, No.15-10, 1 - 37
Goerke, L.; Pannenberg, M. Direct Evidence for Income Comparisons and Subjective Well-Being across Reference Groups.
IZA Discussion Paper, 2015, No. 9395, 1 - 15
Senik, C. Ambition and Jealousy: Income Interactions in the "Old" Europe versus the "New" Europe and the United States.
IZA DP, 2008, No. 2083, 1- 41, Bonn, Germany
Caner, A. Happiness, Comparison Effects, and Expectations in Turkey
Journal of Happiness Studies, 2015, Vol. 16, 1323 - 1345
Clark, A.E. Happiness, Habits and High Rank: Comparisons in Economic and Social Life.
SOEPpaper, 2012, No. 452, 1 - 44, Berlin, Germany
D'Ambrosio, C.; Frick, J.R. Individual Wellbeing in a Dynamic Perspective.
Economica, 2012, Vol. 79, 284 - 302
Fang, Z.; Niimi, Y. Do Losses Bite More than Gains? Evidence from a Panel Quantile Regression Analysis of Subjective Well-being in Japan.
MPRA Paper, 2015, No. 68059, 2 - 40, Singapore
Pfaff, T. Income Comparisons, Income Adaptation, and Life Satisfaction: How Robust Are Estimates from Survey Data?
Soep Paper, 2013, No. 555, 1 - 48
Lora, E Beyond Facts: Understanding Quality of Life. Chapter 3: The Conflictive Relationship between Income and Satisfaction.
IDB, Book, 2008, Chapter 3, 42 - 66
Amendola, A.; Dell'Anno, R.; Parisi, L. Happiness, Inequality and Relative Concerns in European Countries.
Economia Politica, 2018,online, 1 - 36
Bhuiyan, M.F. Perceptions Versus Reality: Life Satisfaction and Economic Position Relative to Neighbors.
Working Paper Published by the Carlton College, 2016, Northfield, USA
Reyes-Garcia, V.; Babigumira, R.; Pyhala, A. Subjective Wellbeing and Income: Empirical Patterns in the Rural Developing World.
Journal of Happiness Studies, 2016, Vol. 17, 773 - 791
Latif, E. Happiness and Comparison Income: Evidence from Canada.
Social Indicator Research, 2016, Vol. 128, 161 - 177
Tibesigwa, B.; Hodkinson, B.; Visser, M. Effects of Objective and Subjective Income Comparisons on Subjective Wellbeing.
Social Indicator Research 2016, Vol. 128, 361 -389
Li, J. Why economic Growth did not translate into increased Happiness: preliminary Results of a Multilevel Modeling of Happiness in China.
Social Indicators Research, 2016, Vol. 128, 241 - 263
Schalembier, B. The Impact of Exposure to other Countries on Life Satisfaction: an international application of the Relative Income Hypothesis.
Social Indicators Research, 2016, Vol. 128. 221- 239
Pérez-Asenjo, E. If Happiness is Relative, against whom do we compare ourselves? Implications for Labour Supply.
Journal of Population Economics, 2011, Vol. 24, 1411 - 1442
Nikolaev, B. Does other People's Education make us less Happy?
Economics of Education Review, 2016, Vol. 52, 176 - 191
Nikolaev, B.; Juergensen McGee, J. Relative Verbal Intelligence and Happiness.
Intelligence, 2016, Vol.59, 1 - 7
Antinyan, A. Reference Group Income and Subjective well-Being: Empirical Evidence from Low-Income Transition Economies.
Wadsworth, T.; Pendergast, P.M. Obesity (Sometimes) Matters: The Importance of Context in the Relationship between Obesity and Life Satisfaction.
Journal of Health and Social Behavior, 2014, Vol. 55, 196 - 214
Wadsworth, T. Marriage and Subjective Well-Being: How and Why Context Matters.
Social Indicator Research, 2016, Vol. 126, 1025 - 1048
Rickardsson, J; Mellander, C. Absolute vs Relative Income and Life Satisfaction
CESIS Working Paper, 2017, Nr. 451
Brodeur, A.; Fleche, S. Neighbors' Income, Public Goods and Well-Being.
Working Paper, 2017, Nr. 1719E, Department of Economics Faculty of Social Sciences University of Ottawa , Canada
Davis, L.; Wu, S. Social Comparisons and Life Satisfaction Across Racial and Ethnic Groups: The Effects of Status, Information and Solidarity.
Social lndicators Research, 2014, Vol. 117, 849 - 869.
Distante, R. Subjective Well-Being, Income and Relative Concerns in the UK
Social lndicators Research, 2013, Vol. 113, 81- 105
Kraus, M.W. Beggars do not Envy Millionaires: Social Comparison, Socioeconomic Status, and Subjective Well-Being.
NobaScholar, 2018, Book chapter Handbook of Wellbeing, 1 - 11
Leites, M.; Ramos, X. The Effect of Relative Concern on Life Satisfaction: Relative Deprivation and Loss Aversion.
IZA Discussion Paper Series, 2018, No. 11404,
Strotmann, H.; Volkert, J. Multidimensional Poverty Index and Happiness.
Journal of Happiness Studies, 2018,Vol. 19, 167 - 189
Melzer, S.M.; Muffels, R. Migrants' Pursuit of Happiness: An Analysis of the Effects of Adaptation, Social Comparison and Economic Integration on Subjective Well-Being on the Basis of German Panel Data for 1990-2014.
Migration Studies, 2017, 1-26
Ekici, T.; Koydemir, S. Income Expectations and Happiness: Evidence from British Panel Data.
Applied Research in Quality of Life, 2016, Vol. 11, 539 - 552
Wu, F. An Examination of the Effects of Consumption Expenditures on Life Satisfaction Australia.
Journal of Happiness Studies, 2020, Vol. 21, 2735 - 2771
Bhuiyan, M.F. Life Satisfaction and Economic Position Relative to Neighbors: Perceptions Versus Reality
Journal of Happiness Studies, 2018, Vol.19,1935-1964
Shifa, M.; Leibbrandt, M. Relative Economic Position and Subjective Well-Being in a Poor Society: Does Relative Position Indicator Matter?
Social lndicators Research, 2018, Vol. 139, 611-630
Ifcher, J. Relative Income and Happiness: An Experiment
Discussion Paper, 2018, Nr. 11763, IZA Institute of Labor Economics, Bonn, Germany
Tsurumi, T; Imauji, A.; Managi, S. Relative Income, Community Attachment and Subjective Well-Being: Evidence from Japan
KYKLOS, 2018, Vol. 72, 152-182
Slag, M.R.A; Burger, M.; Veenhoven, R. Did the Easterlin Paradox Apply in South-Korea 1980-2015? A Case Study
International Review of Economics, 2019, online
Charles, A.C.; Wu, D.; Wu, Z. Economic Shocks on Subjective Well‑Being: Re‑assessing the Determinants of Life‑Satisfaction After the 2008 Financial Crisis
Journal of Happiness Studies, 2019, Vol. 20, 1041 - 1055
Kang, J.H.; Lee, J.S.; Song, B.K. Envy and Pride: How Economic Inequality Deepens Happiness Inequality in South Korea
Social Indicators Research, 2020, online
Gerritsen, A.; Lang, H.W. Hirschman's Tunnel Effect Goes Abroad: International Dimensions of Social Comparison and Subjective Well-Being
Working Paper, 2016, 2018 -02, Max Planck Institute for Tax Law and Public Finance, Department of Business and Tax Law Department of Public Economics, Munich, Germany