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Community, comparisons and subjective well-being in a divided society

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Using a South African data set, the paper poses six questions about the determinants of subjective well-being. Much of the paper is concerned with the role of relative concepts. We find that comparator income – measured as average income of others in the local residential cluster - enters the household’s utility function positively but that income of more distant others (others in the district or province) enters negatively. The ordered probit equations indicate that, as well as comparator gr...

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Institution:
University of Oxford
Division:
SSD
Department:
Economics
Sub department:
CSAE
Research group:
Global Poverty Research Group
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Institution:
University of Oxford
Division:
SSD
Department:
Economics
Oxford college:
St Edmund Hall
Role:
Author
Series:
CSAE working paper series
Place of publication:
http://www.csae.ox.ac.uk/workingpapers/main-wps.html
Publication date:
2004-01-01
Language:
English
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Local pid:
ora:2640
Deposit date:
2009-03-02

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