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Learning about one’s relative position and subjective well-being

Daniel Miles and Maximo Rossi ()

No 906, Documentos de Trabajo (working papers) from Department of Economics - dECON

Abstract: In this paper we show evidence which suggests that changes in an individual’s relative position affects his subjective well-being. In this sense, our findings are in line with those who argue that a felicity function should take into account both, absolute and relative position. Our result are based on a simple experimental design to discuss whether learning about one’s relative position affects subjective well-being. Additionally, using nonexperimental data we find a significant association between subjective well-being and relative wage.

Keywords: relative income; subjective well-being (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: C91 I31 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
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Date: 2006-09
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