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Relative status and satisfaction

  • Boes, Stefan
  • Staub, Kevin
  • Winkelmann, Rainer

This paper studies the effect of income rank on satisfaction. We hypothesize that a person's satisfaction depends on a comparison of own rank and rank of one's parents. Estimates using data from the German Socio-Economic Panel support the relative rank hypothesis.

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Article provided by Elsevier in its journal Economics Letters.

Volume (Year): 109 (2010)
Issue (Month): 3 (December)
Pages: 168-170

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