The Association Between Life Satisfaction and Affective Well-Being

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Berlin, Martin ; Fors, Filip (2017)
  • Publisher: Stockholm : The Swedish Institute for Social Research (SOFI), Stockholm University
  • Subject: Subjective well-being | life satisfaction | affective well-being | Economics | Nationalekonomi

We estimate the correlation between life satisfaction and affective (emotional) well-being—two conceptually distinct dimensions of subjective well-being. We propose a simple model that distinguishes between a stable and a transitory componentof affective well-being, and which also accounts for measurement error in self-reportsof both variables, including current mood-bias effects on life satisfaction judgments. The model is estimated using momentarily measured well-being data, from an experience sampling survey that we conducted on a population sample of Swedes aged 18–50 (n= 252). Our main estimates of the correlation between life satisfaction and long-run affective well-being range between 0.78 and 0.91, indicating a stronger convergence between these variables than many previous studies that do not account for measurement issues.
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