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Is Man Doomed to Progress?

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  • Senik, Claudia

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    (Paris School of Economics)

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This paper is dedicated to the empirical exploration of the welfare effect of expectations and progress per se. Using ten waves of the Russian Longitudinal Monitoring Survey, a panel household survey rich in subjective variables, the analysis suggests that for a given total stock of inter-temporal consumption, agents are more satisfied with an increasing time-profile of consumption: they seem to have a strong “taste for improvement”.

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Paper provided by Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA) in its series IZA Discussion Papers with number 2237.

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Length: 34 pages
Date of creation: Jul 2006
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Publication status: published in: Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, 2008, 68 (1), 140-152
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Keywords: panel data; subjective happiness; growth; expectations; adaptation;

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