Since Easterlin famous paper, in 1974, many others tried either to refute its findings or to produce additional explanations. Scholars have found relative income and adaptation effects, threshold effects, age and gender effects, and so on. However few papers analyzed the determinants of happiness, using data from Argentina. In this paper we exploit two different data sets from Argentina. The main findings indicate a raise in happiness in the last 10 years, although with regional differences. Income effects are significant but not always present. The same applies to age effects. Neither gender nor the number of
children has any impact on happiness. Those very active at family and social life report higher levels of happiness. Finally couples very active at their relationships are happier, even when they are not as active in their sexual lives.
Martin Tetaz es Economista, egresado de la Universidad Nacional de La Plata, especializado en Economía del Comportamiento, la rama de la disciplina que utiliza los descubrimientos de la Psicología Cognitiva para estudiar nuestras conductas como consumidores e inversores.