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DIW Wochenbericht 31 / 2008

Immer mehr Erwerbstätige empfinden ihr Einkommen als ungerecht

Seit einiger Zeit mehren sich die Stimmen, die für Deutschland eine "soziale Schieflage" konstatieren und im Namen sozialer Gerechtigkeit Korrekturen fordern. So haben die Reallöhne in den vergangenen Jahren stagniert, teilweise sind sie sogar zurückgegangen. Zugleich kann eine Zunahme von Einkommensungleichheit beobachtet werden. Diese Entwicklung spiegelt sich auch in der subjektiven Bewertung der ...

2008| Stefan Liebig, Jürgen Schupp
DIW Wochenbericht 4 / 2005

Geburt eines Kindes erhöht die Lebenszufriedenheit der Mütter nur kurzfristig: geringe Lebenszufriedenheit insbesondere bei türkischen Müttern

Erwerbsmuster und Lebenszufriedenheit der in Deutschland lebenden Mütter unterscheiden sich erheblich nach der Herkunft. Im Fokus steht hier der Vergleich der Situation zwischen Müttern türkischer und sonstiger nichtdeutscher Herkunft sowie ost- und westdeutschen Müttern. Türkische Mütter weisen die geringste Erwerbsbeteiligung auf; ostdeutsche Mütter sind dagegen am häufigsten nach der Geburt ihres ...

2005| Eileen Trzcinski, Elke Holst
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 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 362 / 2011

Lebenszufriedenheit und Einkommensreichtum: eine empirische Analyse mit dem SOEP

In this study the relation between satisfaction with life and affluent income is analyzed by using cross-sectional and longitudinal data. The data used in this publication were made available by the German Socio Economic Panel Study (SOEP) at the German Institute for Economic Research (DIW Berlin), Berlin. A period from 2002-2008 is examined. The focus lies on the effects social treadmill has on life ...

2011| André Hajek
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 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
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