, Volume 12, Issue 2, pp 225-243
Date: 11 Feb 2010

Europeans Work to Live and Americans Live to Work (Who is Happy to Work More: Americans or Europeans?)

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Abstract

This paper compares the working hours and life satisfaction of Americans and Europeans using the World Values Survey, Eurobarometer and General Social Survey. The purpose is to explore the relationship between working hours and happiness in Europe and America. Previous research on the topic does not test the premise that working more makes Americans happier than Europeans. The findings suggest that Americans may be happier working more because they believe more than Europeans do that hard work is associated with success.

Adam Okulicz-Kozaryn is indebted to Micah Altman and Ben Gaddis.