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Satisfaction with life and economic well-being: Evidence from Germany
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, The Swedish Institute for Social Research (SOFI).
2009 (English)In: Schmollers Jahrbuch (Journal of Applied Social Science Studies), ISSN 1439-121X, Vol. 129, no 2, 283-295 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The relationship between an individual's economic well-being and satisfaction with own life has been the focus of many studies both within and across countries, in one period of time and over time. As a proxy of economic well-being household income both adjusted and unadjusted for household needs has been generally used. The aim of the present paper is to propose a more comprehensive measure of well-being considering the role that wealth and permanent income play in simultaneously determining satisfaction with life. The results, based on representative microdata from the German Socio-Economic Panel Study (SOEP), suggest that both income and wealth increase satisfaction, that long-run income is more appropriate than short-term income and that satisfaction with life is particularly high for those who are at the top of both the income and wealth distributions.

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2009. Vol. 129, no 2, 283-295 p.
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-39511OAI: diva2:320593
Available from: 2010-05-26 Created: 2010-05-26 Last updated: 2010-11-08Bibliographically approved

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