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Social Comparisons on Subjective Well-Being: The Role of Social and Cultural Capital

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  • Elena Bárcena-Martín

    () (Universidad de Málaga)

  • Alexandra Cortés-Aguilar

    () (Universidad Industrial de Santander)

  • Ana I. Moro-Egido

    () (Universidad de Granada)

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Abstract Using the German Socio-Economic Panel, we analyze the relevance of modeling social comparisons to determine their effect on subjective well-being. We find that it is important to model social comparisons in such a way that captures the sensitivity of individuals to proximity. The impact on subjective well-being differs depending on the manner in which proximity is modeled, revealing that the underlying processes in comparisons are not homogenous along the income distribution. Additionally, our results point out that social and cultural capital modify the effect of social comparisons and such modification depends on the sensitivity to proximity.

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  • Elena Bárcena-Martín & Alexandra Cortés-Aguilar & Ana I. Moro-Egido, 2017. "Social Comparisons on Subjective Well-Being: The Role of Social and Cultural Capital," Journal of Happiness Studies, Springer, vol. 18(4), pages 1121-1145, August.
  • Handle: RePEc:spr:jhappi:v:18:y:2017:i:4:d:10.1007_s10902-016-9768-3
    DOI: 10.1007/s10902-016-9768-3
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    Subjective well-being; Social comparisons; Proximity; Social and cultural capital;

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    • C29 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Single Equation Models; Single Variables - - - Other
    • D31 - Microeconomics - - Distribution - - - Personal Income and Wealth Distribution
    • I31 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Welfare, Well-Being, and Poverty - - - General Welfare, Well-Being

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