Economics working paper / Christian-Albrechts-Universität Kiel, Department of Economics 2003,05
This paper uses the data gained from an income categorization experiment for five shapes of income distributions to investigate background context effects, relative deprivation, range-frequency theory to explain back- ground context effects, individual income satisfaction versus aggregate well- being, and the dual patterns of income categorization and limen setting. It is shown that background context effects exist and are reflected in relative deprivation. Not all precepts of range-frequency theory can be evidenced. Moreover, we demonstrate a welfare paradox which concerns a contradiction between individual income satisfaction and aggregate well-being. Finally, income categorization and limen setting harbor no response-mode effects, but exhibit conformity.
Relative Deprivation Income Distributions Income Satisfac- tion Context Effects.