Relative status and satisfaction
AbstractThis paper investigates the relationship between income satisfaction of adult children and their relative economic status, using data from the German Socio-Economic Panel and income rank as an indicator of status. The results show that children appear to compare their actual economic status with that of their parents, deriving large satisfaction gains from an income rank that is higher than that of their parents. The effect is asymmetric with regard to parents, as these seem not to be ifluenced by their children's income rank.
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Bibliographic InfoPaper provided by University of Zurich, Socioeconomic Institute in its series Working Papers with number 0816.
Length: 11 pages
Date of creation: Dec 2008
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Publication status: published in Economics Letters 109(3), pp. 168-170, 2010
happiness; income norm; subjective well-being;
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- D62 - Microeconomics - - Welfare Economics - - - Externalities
- I31 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Welfare and Poverty - - - General Welfare
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