© 2019 by Anke Plagnol. All rights reserved


Research interests


Labour force participation, Subjective well-being, Behavioural economics, Comparative family policy,



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Journal publications

Lucía Macchia, Anke C. Plagnol and Nattavudh Powdthavee. "Buying happiness in an unequal world: Rank of income more strongly predicts well-being in more unequal countries". Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin (2019). (abstract)(journal)(open access)

Lucía Macchia and Anke C. Plagnol. "Life satisfaction and confidence in national institutions: Evidence from South America". Applied Research in Quality of Life. Special Issue on Subjective Well-Being in South America. 14(3), pp. 721-736 (2019). (abstract)(journal)(open access)(other open access)(blog post)

Nattavudh Powdthavee, Anke C. Plagnol, Paul Frijters and Andrew E. Clark. "Who got the Brexit Blues? The effect of Brexit on subjective wellbeing in the UK". Economica. 86(343), pp. 471-494 (2019). (abstract)(journal)(open access)


Melissa Verhoef, Anke C. Plagnol and Vanessa May. "Linking formal child care characteristics to children's socioemotional well-being: A comparative perspective". Journal of Child and Family Studies. 27(11), pp. 3482–3496 (2018). (abstract)(journal)(open access)(other open access)


Agnieszka Piasna and Anke C. Plagnol. "Women's job quality across family life stages: an analysis of female employees across 27 European countries". Social Indicators Research. 139(3), pp. 1065–1084 (2018). (abstract)(journal)(open access)


Lucía Macchia, Anke C. Plagnol and Stian Reimers. "Does experience with high inflation affect intertemporal decision making? Sensitivity to inflation rates in Argentine and British delay discounting choices". Journal of Behavioral and Experimental Economics. 75, pp. 76–83 (2018). (abstract)(journal)(open access)


Jennifer Gerson, Anke C. Plagnol and Philip J. Corr. "Dimensionality of the Iowa-Netherlands Comparison Orientation Measure and its relationship to Reinforcement Sensitivity Theory". Journal of Individual Differences. 38, pp. 256-264 (2017). (abstract)(journal)(open access)


Jennifer Gerson, Anke C. Plagnol and Philip J. Corr. "Passive and Active Facebook Use Measure (PAUM): Validation and relationship to the Reinforcement Sensitivity Theory". Personality and Individual Differences. 117, pp. 81-90 (2017). (abstract)(journal)(open access)(use of the PAUM)


Jennifer Gerson, Anke C. Plagnol and Philip J. Corr. "Subjective well-being and social media use: Do personality traits moderate the impact of social comparison on Facebook?". Computers in Human Behavior. 63, pp. 813-822 (2016). (abstract)(journal)(open access)


Agnieszka Piasna and Anke C. Plagnol. "Arbeitsplatzqualität und weibliche Erwerbsbeteiligung in Europa" (Job quality and women's labour market participation in Europe). WSI-Mitteilungen. 69(4), pp. 273-282 (2016). (abstract)(journal)


Olga N. Shemyakina and Anke C. Plagnol. “Ethnicity, subjective well-being and armed conflict: Evidence from Bosnia-Herzegovina”.

Social Indicators Research. 113(3), pp. 1129-1152 (2013). (abstract)(journal)(open access)(other open access)


Anke C. Plagnol. "Financial satisfaction over the life course: The influence of assets and liabilities". 

Journal of Economic Psychology. 32(1), pp. 45-64 (2011). (abstract)(journal)(open access)


Anke C. Plagnol and Jacqueline Scott. "What matters for well-being: Individual perceptions of quality of life before and after important life events".
Applied Research in Quality of Life. 6(2), pp. 115-137 (2011). (abstract)(journal)(open access)

Anke C. Plagnol. '"Subjective well-being over the life course: Conceptualizations and evaluations".
Social Research: An International Quarterly. 77(2), pp. 749-768 (Summer 2010). (abstract)(journal)(open access)


Anke C. Plagnol and Felicia A. Huppert. "Happy to help? Exploring the factors associated with variations in rates of volunteering across Europe".
Social Indicators Research. 97(2), pp. 157-176 (June 2010). (abstract)(journal)(open access)


Anke C. Plagnol, Emma Rowley, Paul Martin and Finbarr Livesey. "Industry perceptions of the barriers to commercialization of regenerative medicine products in the UK". Regenerative Medicine. 4(4), pp. 549-559 (July 2009). (abstract)(journal)(open access)


Jacqueline Scott, Jane Nolan and Anke C. Plagnol. "Panel data and open-ended questions: Understanding perceptions of quality of life".
Twenty-First Century Society: Journal of the Academy of Social Sciences. 4(2), pp. 123-135 (June 2009). (abstract)(journal)(open access)


Anke C. Plagnol and Richard A. Easterlin. "Aspirations, attainments, and satisfaction: Life cycle differences between American women and men".
Journal of Happiness Studies. 9(4), pp. 601-619 (December 2008). (abstract)(journal
)(open access)


Richard A. Easterlin and Anke C. Plagnol. "Life satisfaction and economic conditions in East and West Germany pre- and post-unification".
Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization. 68(3-4), pp. 433-444 (December 2008). (abstract)(journal)(open access)


Anke C. Zimmermann and Richard A. Easterlin. "Happily ever after? Cohabitation, marriage, divorce, and happiness in Germany".
Population and Development Review. 32(3), pp. 511-528 (September 2006). (abstract)(journal)(open access)



Philip J. Corr and Anke C. Plagnol. Behavioral Economics - the basics. Routledge (2018). (website)(Google preview)


Jacqueline Scott, Shirley Dex and Anke C. Plagnol (eds.)
Gendered Lives: Gender Inequalities in Production and Reproduction.

Edward Elgar (May 2012). (link)(Google preview)(flier)(ToC)


Book chapters


Lucía Macchia and Anke C. Plagnol. "The subjective well-being political paradox: Evidence from Latin America".

chapter in: Mariano Rojas (ed.). The Economics of Happiness: How the Easterlin Paradox Transformed our Understanding

of Wellbeing and Progress. Springer (2019). (abstract)(website)(flyer)


Anke C. Plagnol and Lucía Macchia. "Economics of subjective well-being: Evaluating the evidence for the

Easterlin Paradox". chapter in: Ayse K. Uskul and Shige Oishi (eds.). Socioeconomic Environment and Human

Psychology. Oxford University Press (2018). (abstract)(website)


Anke C. Plagnol. "Chasing the 'good life': gender differences in work aspirations of American men and women".

chapter 4 in: Elizabeth Eckermann (ed.). Gender, Lifespan and Quality of Life - An international perspective,

Social Indicators Research Series 53. Springer (2014). (abstract)(link)


Jacqueline Scott and Anke C. Plagnol. “Work-family conflict and well-being in Northern Europe”.
chapter in: Jacqueline Scott, Shirley Dex and Anke C. Plagnol (eds.). Gendered Lives: Gender

Inequalities in Production and Reproduction. Edward Elgar (May 2012). (download)


Jacqueline Scott, Shirley Dex, Heather Joshi and Anke C. Plagnol. “Introduction: Gender inequalities in production and reproduction”. 

chapter in: Jacqueline Scott, Shirley Dex and Anke C. Plagnol (eds.). 

Gendered Lives: Gender Inequalities in Production and Reproduction. Edward Elgar (May 2012). (download)


Jacqueline Scott, Anke C. Plagnol and Jane Nolan. "Perceptions of quality of life: Gender differences across the life course".
chapter in Jacqueline Scott, Rosemary Crompton and Clare Lyonette (eds.). Gender inequalities in the 21st century: New barriers and continuing constraints, pp. 193-212. Edward Elgar (2010).

Other publications


Anke C. Plagnol. "The impact of volunteering", entry in: Leo Bormans (ed.). The World Book of Happiness, in press.


Agnieszka Piasna and Anke C. Plagnol. "Job quality and women’s labour market participation". ETUI Policy Brief. European Economic, Employment and Social Policy. No 6/2015. (download)


Anke C. Plagnol. "Volunteering motives in Europe", encyclopedia entry in: Alex C. Michalos (ed.). 

Encyclopedia of Quality of Life Research, Springer (May 2014). (link)


Anke C. Plagnol, Jacqueline Scott and Pia Schober. "Gender equality in paid and unpaid work: Priorities for UK policy intervention".

Equality, Diversity and Inclusion: An International Journal. 29(7), pp. 711-715 (2010). (journal)


Anke C. Plagnol and Jacqueline Scott. "Report on a seminar on gender equality during the credit crunch".
Equal Opportunities International. 28(6), pp. 532-535 (2009). (journal)


Anke C. Plagnol and Jacqueline Scott. "Conference report: Gender inequalities in the 21st century"
Equal Opportunities International. 28(8), pp. 687-692 (2009). (journal)

Work in progress



Ian R. Murray, Anke C. Plagnol and Philip J. Corr. "When things go wrong and people are afraid: An evaluation of group polarisation in the UK post Brexit". (abstract)(download)


Lucía Macchia and Anke C. Plagnol. "Associations between political orientation and subjective well-being across the electoral cycle in Latin America". (abstract)


Anke C. Plagnol. "Female labour force participation: An analysis of German East-West migrants".


Julia Gumy and Anke C. Plagnol. "Job satisfaction and women's timing of return to work after childbirth". (abstract)


Ruth Sealy, Anke C. Plagnol and Jennifer Gerson. "What women want: determinants of turnover intentions among women in senior positions".