Income effects on children’s life satisfaction: longitudinal evidence for England

Publication type

ISER Working Paper Series

Author

Gundi Knies

Publication date

Series Number

2017-02

Abstract

Using longitudinal data for children aged 10-15 years living in England in 2009-2014 we test the hypothesis that income matters for children’s life satisfaction. The results suggest that children are more satisfied with life the more income their family has. Income effects are larger the less income the family has and statistically significant for children from the age of 13. Overall, the effects are small and governments aiming to increase population well-being in this group may expect greater returns from addressing satisfaction gaps experienced during school holidays and focussing on British/Irish white males and females from ethnic minority backgrounds.

Subjects

Psychology, Young People, Income Dynamics, Household Economics and Well Being

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