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Sociability and Happiness

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  • Becchetti, Leonardo

    () (Associazione Italiana per la Cultura della Cooperazione e del Non Profit)

  • Pelloni, Alessandra

    () (Associazione Italiana per la Cultura della Cooperazione e del Non Profit)

  • Rossetti, Fiammetta

    () (Associazione Italiana per la Cultura della Cooperazione e del Non Profit)

Abstract

The standard specification of utility functions in economic models usually neglects the effect of sociability on happiness. Our level and first difference panel estimates show that relational goods have significant and positive effects on self declared life satisfaction, net of the impact of standard controls included in these kinds of estimates. The estimation of a panel GMM VAR system shows that such effects remain significant when the inverse causality nexus is taken into account.

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  • Becchetti, Leonardo & Pelloni, Alessandra & Rossetti, Fiammetta, 2007. "Sociability and Happiness," AICCON Working Papers 44-2007, Associazione Italiana per la Cultura della Cooperazione e del Non Profit.
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    sociability; happiness; relational goods;

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    • A13 - General Economics and Teaching - - General Economics - - - Relation of Economics to Social Values

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