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dc.contributor.authorMelzer, Silvia Majaen_US
dc.contributor.authorMuffels, Ruud J.en_US
dc.date.accessioned2012-06-06en_US
dc.date.accessioned2012-06-18T12:32:09Z-
dc.date.available2012-06-18T12:32:09Z-
dc.date.issued2012en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10419/59017-
dc.description.abstractThe German reunification, which several economists have called a natural experiment, provides the unique possibility to inquire the impact of migration on subjective well-being (SWB). The main goal of the research is to assessing the impact of adaptation, social comparison and relative deprivation on the change in SWB associated with moving from Eastern to Western Germany after the German reunification in 1989. We suspect that the gains or losses in subjective well-being after migration are affected by the way migrants adapt to their new economic conditions, by with whom migrants compare themselves (that is, their reference group), their former peers in the East or their new peers in the West, and how well they integrate into the new society, that means whether they are relatively deprived with respect to earnings or not. We estimate fixed- and random-effects Generalized Least Square panel regression models. Our results indicate a positive and lasting effect of migration on SWB, although it is strongly suppressed by dissatisfaction resulting from the comparison of migrants' income with the incomes of their former peers in East Germany and the relatively higher earnings of their new peers in West Germany. Moreover, our analyses provide an explanation for the increase of SWB associated with an increase in income found in East Germany after the reunification; a deviation from the Easterlins' paradox.en_US
dc.language.isoengen_US
dc.publisherDeutsches Institut für Wirtschaftsforschung (DIW) Berlinen_US
dc.relation.ispartofseriesSOEPpapers on multidisciplinary panel data research 448en_US
dc.subject.jelI32en_US
dc.subject.jelJ24en_US
dc.subject.jelJ61en_US
dc.subject.jelJ62en_US
dc.subject.ddc330en_US
dc.subject.keywordmigrationen_US
dc.subject.keywordsubjective well-beingen_US
dc.subject.keywordhappinessen_US
dc.subject.keywordsocial comparisonen_US
dc.subject.keywordadaptationen_US
dc.subject.keywordrelative deprivationen_US
dc.subject.keywordGerman panel dataen_US
dc.subject.keywordpanel regression modelsen_US
dc.subject.keywordnatural experimenten_US
dc.subject.stwMigrantenen_US
dc.subject.stwZufriedenheiten_US
dc.subject.stwSoziale Integrationen_US
dc.subject.stwDeutschlanden_US
dc.subject.stwNeue Bundesländeren_US
dc.subject.stwAlte Bundesländeren_US
dc.titleMigrant's pursuit of happiness. The impact of adaption, social comparison and relative deprivation: Evidence from a "natural" experimenten_US
dc.typeWorking Paperen_US
dc.identifier.ppn717195481en_US
dc.rightshttp://www.econstor.eu/dspace/Nutzungsbedingungenen_US
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