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Title:What Can Happiness Research Tell Us About Altruism? : Evidence from the German Socio-Economic Panel PDF Logo
Authors:Schwarze, Johannes
Winkelmann, Rainer
Issue Date:2005
Series/Report no.:IZA Discussion paper series 1487
Abstract:Much progress has been made in recent years on developing and applying a direct measure of utility using survey questions on subjective well-being. In this paper we explore whether this new type of measurement can be fruitfully applied to the study of interdependent utility in general, and altruism between parents and children in particular. We introduce an appropriate econometric methodology and, using data from the German Socio-Economic Panel for the years 2000-2002, find that the parents? self-reported happiness depends positively, albeit not very strongly, on the happiness of adult children who moved out.
Subjects:utility function
extended family
fixed effects
ordered probit
JEL:D6
J10
C25
D64
Document Type:Working Paper
Appears in Collections:IZA Discussion Papers, Forschungsinstitut zur Zukunft der Arbeit (IZA)

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