Andreas Hadjar

About Andreas Hadjar

Andreas Hadjar is a Full Professor at the University of Luxembourg, Faculty FLSHASE, Institute of Education and Society. His main research interests include sociology of education (educational inequalities, education systems, educational credentials etc.), political sociology (esp. identities, social values, attitudes), methods of empirical research and gender aspects. He studied sociology and journalism at Leipzig University (Germany), MA degree in 1998. He was a visiting student at Glasgow University (UK) in 1995-1996. From 2000 to 2004, he worked as a research scientist in the Sociology Department, Chemnitz University of Technology (Germany), PhD in 2003. He has been a lecturer in the Sociology of Education Department, University of Berne (Switzerland) from 2004-2010, habil degree in 2008. In 2010, he joined the University of Luxembourg.

Does Climbing the ‘Social Ladder’ Increase Life Satisfaction? A Comparison of the UK and Switzerland

It is a widely held belief that status and wealth affect subjective well-being (SWB). This is reflected in the efforts of many people to climb up the ‘social ladder’ and to transcend their social background. By being upwardly mobile, they hope to benefit from various rewards they believe to be associated with desirable societal positions. However, findings from a range of disciplines provide evidence that these benefits are not to be taken for granted. Thus, we decided investigate the question of how upward social mobility impacts life satisfaction, the cognitive component of SWB.

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