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Les conditions de vie en France se sont-elles détériorées vis-à-vis de celles prévalant aux Etats-Unis? Un autre regard sur la thèse du décrochage français

  • Grégory Ponthière

Alors que les statistiques ordinaires de consommation suggèrent que la France a perdu du terrain vis-à-vis de ses partenaires économiques – en particulier vis-à-vis des Etats-Unis – lors des 30 dernières années, cet article réexamine la thèse du décrochage français à la lumière de mesures élargies de la consommation, prenant en compte, sous la forme d’imputations monétaires, d’autres aspects des conditions de vie, tels la longévité, le loisir et l’insécurité économique. La comparaison de ces mesures sur la période 1970-2003 révèle que l’existence et l’ampleur d’un décrochage français dépendent des préférences utilisées comme référence, de l’adhérence à une mesure absolue ou relative de l’écart entre les deux pays, du traitement des dépenses de consommation publique, et de l’estimation de la valeur d’une vie statistique utilisée pour la calibration des paramètres de préférences.

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Paper provided by Centre de Recherche en Economie Publique et de la Population (CREPP) (Research Center on Public and Population Economics) HEC-Management School, University of Liège in its series CREPP Working Papers with number 0702.

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