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  • SOEPpapers 382 / 2011

    Behind the Curtain: The Within-Household Sharing of Income

    The distribution of personal income in a society depends strongly on the within-household distribution of income. Nevertheless, little is known about this phenomenon. I analyze the sharing of income among household partners from a welfare economic perspective. Measures of financial satisfaction for both household partners are used to gain information about the within-household distribution of income-induced ...

    2011| Susanne Elsas
  • SOEPpapers 351 / 2011

    Beyond GDP and Back: What Is the Value-Added by Additional Components of Welfare Measurement?

    Recently, building on the highly polarizing Stiglitz report, a growing literature suggests that statistical offices and applied researchers explore other aspects of human welfare apart from material well-being, such as job security, crime, health, environmental factors and subjective perceptions. To explore the additional information of these indicators, we analyze data on the macro level from the ...

    2011| Sonja C. Kassenböhmer, Christoph M. Schmidt
  • SOEPpapers 349 / 2010

    Happy House: Spousal Weight and Individual Well-Being

    We use life satisfaction and Body Mass Index (BMI) information from three waves of the SOEP to test for social interactions in BMI between spouses. Social interactions require that the cross-partial effect of partner's weight and own weight in the utility function be positive. Using life satisfaction as a utility proxy, semi-parametric regressions show that the correlation between satisfaction and ...

    2010| Andrew E. Clark, Fabrice Etilé
  • SOEPpapers 399 / 2011

    Changing Identity: Retiring from Unemployment

    Using data from the German Socio-Economic Panel from 1984-2009, we follow persons from their working life into their retirement years and find that, on average, employed people maintain their life satisfaction upon retirement, while long-term unemployed people report a substantial increase in their life satisfaction when they retire. These results are robust to controlling for changes in other life ...

    2011| Clemens Hetschko, Andreas Knabe, Ronnie Schöb
  • SOEPpapers 385 / 2011

    Capabilities and Choices: Do They Make Sen'se for Understanding Objective and Subjective Well-Being? An Empirical Test of Sen's Capability Framework on German and British Panel Data

    In Sen's Capability Approach (CA) well-being can be defined as the freedom of choice to achieve the things in life which one has reason to value most for his or her personal life. Capabilities are in Sen's vocabulary therefore the real freedoms people have or the opportunities available to them. In this paper we examine the impact of capabilities alongside choices on subjective and objective well-being. ...

    2011| Ruud Muffels, Bruce Headey
  • SOEPpapers 333 / 2010

    The Selection of Pay Referents: Potential Patterns and Impacts on Life Satisfaction

    Despite the relatively extensive research on pay levels and the consequences of income disparities, little is known about which reference groups people choose for comparative evaluation of personal income and why different selection patterns emerge. The aim of this paper is to dig deeper for answers to the following three questions: (1) What are the most important reference groups for income comparisons? ...

    2010| Simone Schneider
  • SOEPpapers 76 / 2008

    Does Job Satisfaction Improve the Health of Workers? New Evidence Using Panel Data and Objective Measures of Health

    This paper evaluates the relationship between job satisfaction and measures of health of workers using the German Socio-Economic Panel (GSOEP). Methodologically, it addresses two important design problems encountered frequently in the literature: (a) cross-sectional causality problems and (b) absence of objective measures of physical health that complement self-reported measures of health status. Not ...

    2008| Justina A. V. Fischer, Alfonso Sousa-Poza
  • Externe Monographien

    Family Related Transfer and Children's Economic Well-Being in Europe

    Luxembourg: CEPS / INSTEAD, 2003, 27 S.
    (CHER Working Paper ; 4)
    | Joachim R. Frick, Birgit Kuchler
  • Externe Monographien

    Changing Life Patterns in Western Industrial Societies

    Amsterdam [u.a.]: Elsevier, 2004, XX, 336 S.
    (Advances in Life Course Research ; 8)
    | Janet Zollinger Giele, Elke Holst (Eds.)
  • SOEPpapers 178 / 2009

    Maternal Employment and Happiness: The Effect of Non-Participation and Part-Time Employment on Mothers' Life Satisfaction

    In contrast to unemployment, the effect of non-participation and parttime employment on subjective well-being has much less frequently been the subject of economists' investigations. In Germany, many women with dependent children are involuntarily out of the labor force or in part-time employment because of family constraints (e.g., due to lack of available and appropriate childcare). Using data from ...

    2009| Eva M. Berger
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