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On the Causal Impact of Relational Goods on Happiness

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  • Leonardo Becchetti

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    (University of Rome "Tor Vergata")

  • Elena Giachin Ricca

    ()
    (University of Rome "Tor Vergata")

  • Alessandra Pelloni

    ()
    (University of Rome "Tor Vergata")

Abstract

We study the effect of relational goods on life satisfaction. We consider that retirement is an event after which the time investable in personal relationships increases so we instrument social life, which we suspect of being endogenous, with the sample proportion of retired by year. With such approach we document that relational goods have a positive and significant effect on life satisfaction

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Article provided by SIPI Spa in its journal Rivista di Politica Economica.

Volume (Year): 98 (2008)
Issue (Month): 5 (September-October)
Pages: 199-232

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Handle: RePEc:rpo:ripoec:v:98:y:2008:i:5:p:199-232

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Keywords: life satisfaction; relational goods; social capital;

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  1. Lotito, Gianna & Migheli, Matteo & Ortona, Guido, 2011. "An experimental inquiry into the nature of relational goods," POLIS Working Papers 160, Institute of Public Policy and Public Choice - POLIS.
  2. Sabatini, Fabio, 2011. "Can a click buy a little happiness? The impact of business-to-consumer e-commerce on subjective well-being," MPRA Paper 32393, University Library of Munich, Germany.
  3. Damiano Fiorillo & Nunzia Nappo, 2011. "Job satisfaction in Italy: individual characteristics and social relations," Discussion Papers 5_2011, D.E.S. (Department of Economic Studies), University of Naples "Parthenope", Italy.

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