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Subjective Measures of Economic Well-Being and the Influence of Income Uncertainty

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  • Schwarze, Johannes

    (University of Bamberg)

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    This paper provides evidence that subjective measures of individual well being can be used to study the impact of income uncertainty from an ex ante point of view. Two different measures of subjective well being are under study: Satisfaction with household income and the income evaluation question as developed by Van Praag. It can be shown that satisfaction with income is more affected by ex ante than by ex post volatility of income. The ordinal version of the Van Praag approach might be biased if income uncertainty is essential. The paper was written in 1994.

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    Paper provided by Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA) in its series IZA Discussion Papers with number 3720.

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    Length: 25 pages
    Date of creation: Sep 2008
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    Handle: RePEc:iza:izadps:dp3720

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    Keywords: income uncertainty; subjective well-being; satisfaction; income evaluation;

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    1. Blanchard, Olivier Jean & Mankiw, N Gregory, 1988. "Consumption: Beyond Certainty Equivalence," American Economic Review, American Economic Association, vol. 78(2), pages 173-77, May.
    2. Tom Atkinson, 1982. "The stability and validity of quality of life measures," Social Indicators Research, Springer, vol. 10(2), pages 113-132, February.
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