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dc.contributor.authorVatter, Johannes
dc.date.accessioned2012-03-01en_US
dc.date.accessioned2012-03-08T12:22:28Z-
dc.date.available2012-03-08T12:22:28Z-
dc.date.issued2012
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.isoeng
dc.publisher|aAlbert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg, Forschungszentrum Generationenverträge (FZG) |cFreiburg i. Br.
dc.relation.ispartofseries|aDiscussion Papers, Forschungszentrum Generationenverträge der Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg |x50
dc.subject.jelR10
dc.subject.jelI31
dc.subject.ddc330
dc.subject.keywordsubjective well-being
dc.subject.keywordregional disparities
dc.subject.keywordunemployment
dc.subject.keywordeconomic growth
dc.subject.keywordfertility rate
dc.subject.stwZufriedenheit
dc.subject.stwLebensqualität
dc.subject.stwRegionale Disparität
dc.subject.stwRegionale Arbeitslosigkeit
dc.subject.stwRegionales Wachstum
dc.subject.stwFruchtbarkeit
dc.subject.stwDeutschland
dc.subject.stwAlte Bundesländer
dc.subject.stwNeue Bundesländer
dc.titleWell-being in Germany: What explains the regional variation?
dc.typeWorking Paper
dc.identifier.ppn687809592
dc.rightshttp://www.econstor.eu/dspace/Nutzungsbedingungen
dc.identifier.repecRePEc:zbw:fzgdps:50-

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