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Is Man Doomed to Progress?

  • Senik, Claudia


    (Paris School of Economics)

This paper is dedicated to the empirical exploration of the welfare effect of expectations and progress per se. Using ten waves of the Russian Longitudinal Monitoring Survey, a panel household survey rich in subjective variables, the analysis suggests that for a given total stock of inter-temporal consumption, agents are more satisfied with an increasing time-profile of consumption: they seem to have a strong “taste for improvement”.

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Paper provided by Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA) in its series IZA Discussion Papers with number 2237.

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Length: 34 pages
Date of creation: Jul 2006
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Publication status: published in: Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, 2008, 68 (1), 140-152
Handle: RePEc:iza:izadps:dp2237
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