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The 60es turnaround as a test on the causal relationship between sociability and happiness

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  • Leonardo Becchetti

    (University of Rome Tor Vergata)

  • Elena Giachin Ricca

    (University of Rome Tor Vergata)

  • Alessandra Pelloni

    (University of Rome Tor Vergata)

Abstract

The nexus between relational life and life satisfaction is riddled with endogeneity problems. By investigating the causal relationship going from the first to the second variable we consider that retirement is a shock which increases the time investable in (outside job) relational life. As a consequence we instrument investment in relational goods with the aggregate exogenous age-retirement pattern. With such approach we document that investment in relational life has a positive and significant effect on life satisfaction. Consequences of our findings in terms of retirement effects and age-happiness pattern are also discussed.

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  • Leonardo Becchetti & Elena Giachin Ricca & Alessandra Pelloni, 2009. "The 60es turnaround as a test on the causal relationship between sociability and happiness," Econometica Working Papers wp07, Econometica.
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