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Diskussionspapiere 1287 / 2013

Dynamics and Drivers of Consumption and Multidimensional Poverty: Evidence from Rural Ethiopia

This study aims to explore poverty measures, its dynamics and determinants using Multidimensional Poverty Index (MPI) and consumption poverty. Our results show that the two measures assign similar poverty status to about 52 percent of households and that both approaches confirm poverty is mainly transient in rural Ethiopia. However, we find that the trend in adjusted head count poverty is different ...

2013| Tilman Brück, Sindu Workneh Kebede
SOEPpapers 540 / 2013

Wealth Distribution within Couples and Financial Decision Making

While most studies on wealth inequality focus on the inequality between households, this paper examines the distribution of wealth within couples. For this purpose, we make use of unique individual level micro data from the German Socio-Economic Panel (SOEP). In married and cohabiting couples, men have, on average, 33,000 Euro more net worth than women. We look at five different sets of factors (demographics, ...

2013| Markus M. Grabka, Jan Marcus, Eva Sierminska
SOEPpapers 560 / 2013

Nominal or Real? The Impact of Regional Price Levels on Satisfaction with Life

We study the effect of real versus nominal income on life satisfaction. According to economic theory real income, i.e., nominal income adjusted for purchasing power, should be the relevant source of life satisfaction. Previous work, however, has only studied the impact of nominal income. We use a novel data set comprising about 7 million data points that are used to construct a price level for each ...

2013| Thomas Deckers, Armin Falk, Hannah Schildberg-Hörisch
Diskussionspapiere 1231 / 2012

Liquidity Constraints and the Permanent Income Hypothesis: Pseudo Panel Estimation with German Consumption Survey Data

This paper empirically investigates the relevance of liquidity constraints and excess sensitivity in intertemporal household consumption. Using a pseudo panel that has been constructed on rich German consumption survey data, we estimate the consumption responses to permanent and transitory income shocks, as well as the presence of excess sensitivity to anticipated income changes. A switching regression ...

2012| Martin Beznoska, Richard Ochmann

Mommies' Girls Get Dresses, Daddies' Boys Get Toys: Gender Preferences in Poland and Their Implications

Bonn: IZA, 2011, 46 S.
(Discussion Paper Series / Forschungsinstitut zur Zukunft der Arbeit ; 6232)
| Krzysztof Karbownik, Michal Myck
SOEPpapers 410 / 2011

Residential Segregation and Immigrants' Satisfaction with the Neighborhood in Germany

Using data from the German Socio-Economic Panel, this study examines the relationship between immigrant residential segregation and immigrants' satisfaction with the neighborhood. The estimates show that immigrants living in segregated areas are less satisfied with the neighborhood. This is consistent with the hypothesis that housing discrimination rather than self-selection plays an important role ...

2011| Verena Dill, Uwe Jirjahn, Georgi Tsertvadze
SOEPpapers 408 / 2011

The Effect of Health and Employment Risks on Precautionary Savings

This paper extends the idea of using ex-ante risk measures in a model of precautionary savings by explicitly simulating future net-income risks. The uncertainty measure takes into account the interdependency of labour market status and health. The model is estimated for prime age males using the German Socio-Economic Panel Study for years 2001-2007. The empirical analysis is conducted using a measure ...

2011| Johannes Geyer
SOEPpapers 219 / 2009

Reversing the Question: Does Happiness Affect Consumption and Savings Behavior?

I examine the impact of happiness on consumption and savings behavior using data from the DNB Household Survey from the Netherlands and the German Socio-Economic Panel. Instrumenting individual happiness with regional sunshine, the results suggest that happier people save more, spend less, and have a lower marginal propensity to consume. Happier people take more time for making decisions and have more ...

2009| Cahit Guven
SOEPpapers 90 / 2008

Mortgage Market Maturity and Homeownership Inequality among Young Households: A Five-Country Perspective

This paper uses the newly constructed Luxembourg Wealth Study data to document cross-country variation in homeownership rates and the homeownership-income inequality among young households in Finland, Germany, Italy, the UK and the US, and relate it to cross-country differences in mortgage market maturity. We find that aside from Italy, homeownership rates and inequality in the four countries correspond ...

2008| Alena Bicakova, Eva M. Sierminska
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