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Relative Deprivation, Personal Income Satisfaction, and Average Well-being under Different Income Distributions

  • Seidl, Christian
  • Traub, Stefan
  • Morone, Andrea

This paper uses the data gained from an income categorization experiment for five shapes of income distributions to investigate background context effects, relative deprivation, range-frequency theory to explain back-ground context effects,individual income satisfaction versus aggregate well-being, and the dual patterns of income categorization and limen setting. It is shown that background context effects exist and are reected in relative deprivation. Not all precepts of range-frequency theory can be evidenced. Moreover, we demonstrate a welfare paradox which concerns a contradiction between individual income satisfaction and aggregate well-being. Finally, income categorization and limen setting harbor no response-mode effects, but exhibit conformity.

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Paper provided by World Institute for Development Economic Research (UNU-WIDER) in its series Working Paper Series with number RP2005/04.

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Length: 44 pages
Date of creation: 2005
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Handle: RePEc:unu:wpaper:rp2005-04
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