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On the Causal Impact of Relational Goods on Happiness

  • Leonardo Becchetti


    (University of Rome "Tor Vergata")

  • Elena Giachin Ricca


    (University of Rome "Tor Vergata")

  • Alessandra Pelloni


    (University of Rome "Tor Vergata")

We study the effect of relational goods on life satisfaction. We consider that retirement is an event after which the time investable in personal relationships increases so we instrument social life, which we suspect of being endogenous, with the sample proportion of retired by year. With such approach we document that relational goods have a positive and significant effect on life satisfaction

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Volume (Year): 98 (2008)
Issue (Month): 5 (September-October)
Pages: 199-232

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Handle: RePEc:rpo:ripoec:v:98:y:2008:i:5:p:199-232
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