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Life satisfaction and household production in a collective model: Evidence from Italy


  • Lucia Mangiavacchi

    (University of Florence)

  • Chiara Rapallini

    (University of Florence)


The model takes into account the household production and self reported information is interpreted in relation with the sharing rule governing the bargaining process in the family. Considering that the theoretical framework implies a wide concept of full income, which includes the allocation of time between the spouses, we used the self reported information on whole satisfaction in life. We demonstrate that self reported data on satisfaction are useful in recovering the individual share of the household full income and the relevance of the wages in this bargaining process. We find also that non strictly economic individual variables and some household characteristics are important in explaining the Italian sharing rule.

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  • Lucia Mangiavacchi & Chiara Rapallini, 2009. "Life satisfaction and household production in a collective model: Evidence from Italy," Working Papers 127, ECINEQ, Society for the Study of Economic Inequality.
  • Handle: RePEc:inq:inqwps:ecineq2009-127

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    Collective model; Within-household income comparisons; Subjective data; Italy.;

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    • D1 - Microeconomics - - Household Behavior
    • J22 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demand and Supply of Labor - - - Time Allocation and Labor Supply
    • C3 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Multiple or Simultaneous Equation Models; Multiple Variables

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