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Relative Income, Inequality and Subjective Wellbeing: Evidence for Brazil

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  • Alexandre Gori-Maia

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This paper analyzes the determinants of the self-reported income and food sufficiency in Brazil, highlighting how these subjective measures of wellbeing are affected by relative conditions. Analyses are based on pooled data from the 2002/2003 and 2008/2009 Brazilian Family Budget Survey and on estimates of the multinomial relation between income and food sufficiency with absolute and relative indicators. The paper highlights that living in a more affluent neighborhood does matter in self-reported perceptions of wellbeing. Stated income sufficiency depends positively on absolute family income and negatively on relative neighbor income. Moreover, neighborhood education and regional inequality affect both stated perceptions of income and food sufficiency. The paper concludes that improving personal income and education, as well as reducing inequality, is one of the most effective ways to improve both the quality of life and the general perceptions of wellbeing in society. Copyright Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 2013

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  • Alexandre Gori-Maia, 2013. "Relative Income, Inequality and Subjective Wellbeing: Evidence for Brazil," Social Indicators Research: An International and Interdisciplinary Journal for Quality-of-Life Measurement, Springer, vol. 113(3), pages 1193-1204, September.
  • Handle: RePEc:spr:soinre:v:113:y:2013:i:3:p:1193-1204
    DOI: 10.1007/s11205-012-0135-4
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