Happiness Functions with Preference Interdependence and Heterogeneity: The Case of Altruism within the Family
AbstractThis study investigates the prevalence and extent of altruism by examining the relationship between parents' and their adult children's subjective well-being in a data set extracted from the German Socio-Economic Panel. In order to segregate the share of parents with altruistic preferences from those who are selfish, we estimate a finite mixture regression model. We control for various sources of potential bias by taking advantage of the data's panel structure. To validate our modeling approach we show that predicted altruists indeed make higher average transfer payments.
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Bibliographic InfoPaper provided by University of Zurich, Socioeconomic Institute in its series Working Papers with number 0702.
Length: 25 pages
Date of creation: Feb 2007
Date of revision: Feb 2008
Publication status: Published in Journal of Population Economics 22, pp. 1063-1080, 2009
altruism; subjective well-being; finite mixture regression models;
Other versions of this item:
- Adrian Bruhin & Rainer Winkelmann, 2009. "Happiness functions with preference interdependence and heterogeneity: the case of altruism within the family," Journal of Population Economics, Springer, vol. 22(4), pages 1063-1080, October.
- C23 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Single Equation Models; Single Variables - - - Models with Panel Data; Longitudinal Data; Spatial Time Series
- D64 - Microeconomics - - Welfare Economics - - - Altruism; Philanthropy
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