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The Distribution of Well-Being and Income within the Household

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  • Jens Bonke

    (Danish National Institute for Social Research, Copenhagen)

  • Martin Browning

    (Institute of Economics, University of Copenhagen)

Abstract

Several papers in the literature on intra-household allocation have suggested that various household ‘outcomes’, such as demands, saving, child health etc., depend on the distribution of income within the household. Implicit in these analyses is that a higher share of household income for one partner leads to a higher welfare for that person. In this paper we consider the issue of the intra-household distribution of welfare directly using a survey measure of self-perceived economic well-being. As a supplement to this we also present an analysis of responses to this question for singles; this allows us to ‘benchmark’ the responses for married individuals. Our data are drawn form the Danish component of the European Community Household Survey for the year 1994. We have three principal findings. First, we do not find any impact of the incomes of other non-related (‘peer-group’) persons on the financial satisfaction of singles. This is in contrast to other recent findings that suggest that agents consider relative incomes when considering their own satisfaction. Second, we find that husbands and wives often report very different levels of financial satisfaction. Finally, the most important correlate with relative satisfaction within the household is found to be relative income. This is a direct confirmation of the previously implicit findings.

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Paper provided by University of Copenhagen. Department of Economics. Centre for Applied Microeconometrics in its series CAM Working Papers with number 2003-01.

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Length: 12 pages
Date of creation: Jan 2003
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Handle: RePEc:kud:kuieca:2003_01

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Keywords: relative income; well-being; happiness; intrahousehold allocation; unitary models;

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  3. Perez Truglia, Ricardo Nicolas & Bottan, Nicolas Luis, 2008. "Deconstructing the Hedonic Treadmill: Is Happiness Autoregressive?," MPRA Paper 20340, University Library of Munich, Germany.
  4. Ekaterina Kalugina & Natalia Radtchenko & Catherine Sofer, 2007. "How do Spouses Share their Full Income? : Identification of the Sharing Rule Using Self-reported Income," Working Papers, Centre de Recherche en Economie et Statistique 2007-07, Centre de Recherche en Economie et Statistique.
  5. Ekaterina Kalugina & Natalia Radtchenko & Catherine Sofer, 2009. "Intra-Household Inequality in Transitional Russia," Université Paris1 Panthéon-Sorbonne (Post-Print and Working Papers) hal-00687277, HAL.
  6. Ekaterina Kalugina & Natalia Radtchenko & Catherine Sofer, 2008. "Une analyse du partage intra familial du revenu à partir de données subjectives," Économie et Prévision, Programme National Persée, Programme National Persée, vol. 186(5), pages 101-116.
  7. Creedy, John, 2013. "Alternative Distributions for Inequality and Poverty Comparisons," Working Paper Series 2851, Victoria University of Wellington, Chair in Public Finance.
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  12. Jens Bonke & Mette Deding & Mette Lausten, 2009. "Time and Money," Journal of Happiness Studies, Springer, Springer, vol. 10(2), pages 113-131, April.
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  14. Bonke, Jens, 2008. "Income distribution and financial satisfaction between spouses in Europe," Journal of Behavioral and Experimental Economics (formerly The Journal of Socio-Economics), Elsevier, Elsevier, vol. 37(6), pages 2291-2303, December.
  15. Ekaterina Kalugina & Natalia Radtchenko & Catherine Sofer, 2008. "Une analyse du partage intrafamilial du revenu à partir de données subjectives," Université Paris1 Panthéon-Sorbonne (Post-Print and Working Papers) halshs-00193481, HAL.

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