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Relative status and satisfaction

Stefan Boes (), Kevin Staub () and Rainer Winkelmann ()

No 816, SOI - Working Papers from Socioeconomic Institute - University of Zurich

Abstract: This paper investigates the relationship between income satisfaction of adult children and their relative economic status, using data from the German Socio-Economic Panel and income rank as an indicator of status. The results show that children appear to compare their actual economic status with that of their parents, deriving large satisfaction gains from an income rank that is higher than that of their parents. The effect is asymmetric with regard to parents, as these seem not to be ifluenced by their children's income rank.

Keywords: happiness; income norm; subjective well-being (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: D62 I31 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
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Date: 2008-12
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Published in Economics Letters 109(3), pp. 168-170, 2010

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