The Causal Relationship between Individual’s Choice Behavior and Self-Reported Satisfaction: the Case of Residential Mobility in the EU
AbstractOne of the most persistent and lasting debates in economic research refers to whether the answers to subjective questions can be used to explain individuals’ economic behavior. Using panel data for twelve EU countries, in the present study we analyze the causal relationship between self-reported housing satisfaction and residential mobility. Our results indicate that: i) households unsatisfied with their current housing situation are more likely to move; ii) housing satisfaction raises after a move, and; iii) housing satisfaction increases with the transition from being a renter to becoming a homeowner. Some interesting cross-country differences are observed. Our findings provide evidence in favor of use of subjective indicators of satisfaction with certain life domains in the analysis of individuals’ economic conduct.
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Length: 30 pages
Date of creation: Mar 2008
Date of revision: Mar 2008
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Housing satisfaction; residential mobility; homeownership; individual’s choice behavior.;
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- D1 - Microeconomics - - Household Behavior
- R0 - Urban, Rural, Regional, Real Estate, and Transportation Economics - - General
- J0 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - General
This paper has been announced in the following NEP Reports:
- NEP-ALL-2008-04-04 (All new papers)
- NEP-DCM-2008-04-04 (Discrete Choice Models)
- NEP-GEO-2008-04-04 (Economic Geography)
- NEP-MIG-2008-04-04 (Economics of Human Migration)
- NEP-URE-2008-04-04 (Urban & Real Estate Economics)
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