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Happiness Over Space And Time

  • David J. Maddison
  • Katrin Rehdanz

    (Research unit Sustainability and Global Change, Hamburg)

Hedonic theory assumes that changes in land prices and wage rates eliminate the utility advantages of differing locations. Using happiness data from the German socio-economic panel this paper empirically tests whether regional utility differences exist and if so whether utility levels show any tendency to converge over time. Empirical analysis reveals substantial differences in utility over different regions of Germany. Analysing a panel of data indicates that even if individual utility levels are at any one moment in disequilibrium they are rapidly converging over Germany for all types of individuals.

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Paper provided by Research unit Sustainability and Global Change, Hamburg University in its series Working Papers with number FNU-128.

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Length: 19 pages
Date of creation: Feb 2007
Date of revision: Feb 2007
Handle: RePEc:sgc:wpaper:128
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