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dc.contributor.authorStark, Odeden_US
dc.contributor.authorRendl, Franzen_US
dc.contributor.authorJakubek, Marcinen_US
dc.date.accessioned2011-06-07en_US
dc.date.accessioned2011-06-09T10:38:43Z-
dc.date.available2011-06-09T10:38:43Z-
dc.date.issued2011en_US
dc.identifier.piurn:nbn:de:bsz:21-opus-56496en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10419/45795-
dc.description.abstractLet a society's unhappiness be measured by the aggregate of the levels of relative deprivation of its members. When two societies of equal size, F and M, merge, unhappiness in the merged society is shown to be higher than the sum of the levels of unhappiness in the constituent societies when apart; merger alone increases unhappiness. But when societies F and M merge and marriages are formed such that the number of households in the merged society is equal to the number of individuals in one of the constituent societies, unhappiness in the merged society is shown to be lower than the aggregate unhappiness in the two constituent societies when apart. This result obtains regardless of which individuals from one society form households with which individuals from the other, and even when the marriages have not (or not yet) led to income gains to the married couples from increased efficiency, scale economies, and the like. While there are various psychological reasons for people to become happier when they get married as opposed to staying single, the very formation of households reduces social distress even before any other happiness-generating factors kick in.en_US
dc.language.isoengen_US
dc.publisherUniv. Tübingen Tübingenen_US
dc.relation.ispartofseriesUniversity of Tübingen working papers in economics and finance 10en_US
dc.subject.jelD0en_US
dc.subject.jelD10en_US
dc.subject.jelD31en_US
dc.subject.jelD63en_US
dc.subject.ddc330en_US
dc.subject.keywordMerger of populationsen_US
dc.subject.keywordIntegration of societiesen_US
dc.subject.keywordUnhappinessen_US
dc.subject.keywordMarriagesen_US
dc.subject.keywordRelative Deprivationen_US
dc.titleThe merger of populations, the incidence of marriages, and aggregate unhappinessen_US
dc.typeWorking Paperen_US
dc.identifier.ppn661577287en_US
dc.rightshttp://www.econstor.eu/dspace/Nutzungsbedingungenen_US
dc.identifier.repecRePEc:zbw:tuewef:10-
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