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dc.contributor.authorVatter, Johannesen_US
dc.date.accessioned2012-03-01en_US
dc.date.accessioned2012-03-08T12:22:28Z-
dc.date.available2012-03-08T12:22:28Z-
dc.date.issued2012en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10419/55851-
dc.description.abstractThis paper examines regional differences in subjective well-being (SWB) in Germany. Inferential statistics indicate a diminishing but still significant gap between East andWest Germany, but also differing levels of SWB within both parts of Germany. The observed regional pattern of life satisfaction reflects macroeconomic fundamentals, where labour market conditions play a dominant role. Differing levels of GDP and economic growth have contributed rather indirectly to well-being such that the period since the reunification can be considered as a period of joyless growth. Moreover, the effects of unemployment and income differ in size between regions in such a way that one can assume increasing marginal disutility of unemployment. In total, approximately half of 'satisfaction gap' between East and West Germany can be attributed to differing macroeconomic conditions. In contrast, the comparably high levels of life satisfaction in Northern Germany are driven mostly by couples and go along with significantly higher fertility rates. Overall, I conclude that comparisons of SWB within a single country provide valid information.en_US
dc.language.isoengen_US
dc.publisherForschungszentrum Generationenverträge Freiburgen_US
dc.relation.ispartofseriesDiskussionsbeiträge / Forschungszentrum Generationenverträge der Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg 50en_US
dc.subject.jelR10en_US
dc.subject.jelI31en_US
dc.subject.ddc330en_US
dc.subject.keywordsubjective well-beingen_US
dc.subject.keywordregional disparitiesen_US
dc.subject.keywordunemploymenten_US
dc.subject.keywordeconomic growthen_US
dc.subject.keywordfertility rateen_US
dc.subject.stwZufriedenheiten_US
dc.subject.stwLebensqualitäten_US
dc.subject.stwRegionale Disparitäten_US
dc.subject.stwRegionale Arbeitslosigkeiten_US
dc.subject.stwRegionales Wachstumen_US
dc.subject.stwFruchtbarkeiten_US
dc.subject.stwDeutschlanden_US
dc.subject.stwAlte Bundesländeren_US
dc.subject.stwNeue Bundesländeren_US
dc.titleWell-being in Germany: What explains the regional variation?en_US
dc.typeWorking Paperen_US
dc.identifier.ppn687809592en_US
dc.rightshttp://www.econstor.eu/dspace/Nutzungsbedingungenen_US
dc.identifier.repecRePEc:zbw:fzgdps:50-
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