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Testing for Utility Interdependence in Marriage: Evidence from Panel Data

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  • Nattavudh Powdthavee

    (University of Warwick)

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This paper is the first of its kind to study utility interdependence in marriage using information on subjective well-being of a large sample of people living in the UK over the period 1991-2001. Using “residual” self-rated health to provide instrument for spouse’s well-being and allowing controls on individual fixed effects, we find strong evidence of altruism represented by interdependent relationships in the reported well-being found only among spouses, and not by partners in cohabiting union. Panel data also show that the well-being impact resulting from “caring” can be used to predict future income, unemployment, and marital status for the individuals.

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Paper provided by EconWPA in its series Labor and Demography with number 0403037.

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Length: 43 pages
Date of creation: 31 Mar 2004
Date of revision: 01 Apr 2004
Handle: RePEc:wpa:wuwpla:0403037

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Keywords: happiness; altruism; marriage; interdependent utility;

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  1. Angeles, Luis, 2010. "Adaptation or Social Comparison? The effects of income on happiness," SIRE Discussion Papers 2010-03, Scottish Institute for Research in Economics (SIRE).
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  3. Cahit Guven & Claudia Senik & Holger Stichnoth, 2010. "You Can't Be Happier Than Your Wife: Happiness Gaps and Divorce," SOEPpapers on Multidisciplinary Panel Data Research 261, DIW Berlin, The German Socio-Economic Panel (SOEP).
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