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Does Capability Deprivation Hurt? – Evidence from German Panel Data

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The present paper explores the link between poverty as capability deprivation and current life satisfaction. Using German panel data, I examine both whether capability deprivation does hurt and whether individuals eventually adapt. To detect capability deprivation I suggest relying on the nonconsumption of commodities pivotal for certain functioning achievements. The results indicate that poverty as capability deprivation reduces life satisfaction in a statistically and economically significant way. Moreover, the results suggest that individuals fail to adapt within the subsequent four to six years.

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  • Suppa, Nicolai, 2012. "Does Capability Deprivation Hurt? – Evidence from German Panel Data," Ruhr Economic Papers 359, RWI - Leibniz-Institut für Wirtschaftsforschung, Ruhr-University Bochum, TU Dortmund University, University of Duisburg-Essen.
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    Keywords

    Subjective well-being; life satisfaction; capability approach; poverty; adaptation;
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    JEL classification:

    • I31 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Welfare, Well-Being, and Poverty - - - General Welfare, Well-Being
    • I32 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Welfare, Well-Being, and Poverty - - - Measurement and Analysis of Poverty
    • D60 - Microeconomics - - Welfare Economics - - - General

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