Income, Sex, Pills and Relationships: An Empirical Study for Argentina

  • Pablo SchiaffinoEmail author
  • Martin Tetaz
Part of the International Handbooks of Quality-of-Life book series (IHQL)


We use 28 years of Argentina’s life satisfaction (LS) and happiness (HA) data to test the Easterlin Paradox and find out the actual determinants of happiness. Argentineans are happier now than in 1984, and the City of Buenos Aires leads in present rankings of happiness in Argentina. In the cross-section analysis, LS correlates with the satisfaction about the economic situation of households, but the satisfaction with family and time spent with loved ones have a higher explanatory power. When it comes to HA, high social class members do not always buy a ticket, but low class makes people sadder. Nontraditional variables – pills for mental stress and sex – were also studied.


Argentina Economic development Happiness Well-being Life satisfaction Determinants of life satisfaction Sex Pills Argentina’s democracy Easterlin paradox 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Facultad de Ciencias EconomicasUniversidad de PalermoBuenos AiresArgentina
  2. 2.Departamento de EconomiaUniversidad Torcuato Di TellaBuenos AiresArgentina
  3. 3.CEDLASUniverisidad Nacional de la PlataBuenos AiresArgentina

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