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Happiness Dynamics with Quarterly Life Event Data

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  • Frijters, Paul

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    (University of Queensland)

  • Johnston, David W.

    ()
    (Monash University)

  • Shields, Michael A.

    ()
    (Monash University)

Abstract

This paper addresses the question of when and to what extent individuals are affected by major positive and negative life events, including changes in financial situation, marital status, death of child or spouse and being a victim of crime. The key advantage of our data is that we are able to identify these events on a quarterly basis rather than on the yearly basis used by previous studies. We find evidence that life events are not randomly distributed, that individuals to a large extent anticipate major events and that they quickly adapt. These effects have important implications for the calculation of monetary values needed to compensate individuals for life events such as crime or death of spouse. We find that our new valuation methodology that incorporates these dynamic factors produces considerably smaller compensation valuations than those calculated using the standard approach.

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Paper provided by Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA) in its series IZA Discussion Papers with number 3604.

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Length: 25 pages
Date of creation: Jul 2008
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Publication status: published as 'Life Satisfaction Dynamics with Quarterly Life Event Data' in: Scandinavian Journal of Economics, 2011, 113 (1), 190 - 211
Handle: RePEc:iza:izadps:dp3604

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Keywords: adaptation; life events; life satisfaction; compensation;

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  1. Justina AV Fischer, 2010. "Accounting for Unobserved Country Heterogeneity in Happiness Research: Country Fixed Effects versus Region Fixed Effects," CEIS Research Paper 164, Tor Vergata University, CEIS, revised 28 May 2010.
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