Susanne Elsas

Susanne Elsas
Otto-Friedrich-Universität Bamberg · State Institute for Family Research

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Wohnkosten machen einen großen Teil der Ausgaben der Haushalte und Familien aus, und variieren zwischen Haushalten unterschiedlicher Größe und Struktur stark. Trotzdem werden sie in der Familienberichterstattung bisher wenig thematisiert. Die vorliegende Arbeit will diese Lücke schließen, indem sie die Wohnkostensituation und Wohlfahrtsvorteile, di...
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Usually, it is expected that income increases life satisfaction. In recent years tough, research emerged that shows how subjective well-being, including satisfaction, influences objective measures, as for example income. This would then require explicit identification strategies for estimating effects of income on life satisfaction. I address this is...
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This dissertation analyzes large-scale panel data on individual satisfaction in three self-contained empirical studies, each taking a different perspective on individual satisfaction and using appropriate econometric methods accordingly. In its first empirical analysis, the thesis addresses the obvious question of satisfaction as an outcome, here i...
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This paper contributes to the understanding of gender aspects in the intra-household sharing of income. I estimate models of differences in financial satisfaction between household partners using panel data from the German Socio-Economic Panel Study, which allows one to account for household-level fixed effects. The paper adds to the literature a f...
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Standard household economics assumes that couples pool their incomes and share the sum equally, which is a necessary prerequisite for computing equivalent incomes and hence all statements about the distribution of personal incomes and income poverty. However, since cohabitation without marriage is on the rise and since income pooling is less freque...
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Das vorliegende Lehrbuch behandelt die Analyse der personellen Einkommensverteilung aus wohlfahrtsökonomischer Perspektive. Es stellt einerseits wichtige Ungleichheitsmaße und Methoden der graphischen Darstellungen vor, die zur Charakterisierung der personellen Einkommensverteilung in Wissenschaft und Politik verwendet werden. Dabei werden systemat...
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The distribution of personal income in a society depends strongly on the within-household distribution of income. Nevertheless, little is known about this phenomenon. I analyze the sharing of income among household partners from a welfare economic perspective. Measures of financial satisfaction for both household partners are used to gain informati...

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Dear all, I wonder where the notion comes from that individuals stop striving to improve (whatever), when they are satisfied. Or other way round: where comes the idea from that some degree of dissatisfaction is a good or even necessary impetus for activity or effort. On which theory is this view of man and human activity based? I am looking forward to your suggestions on where I could find the theoretical background of the idea of an inverse relation between happiness and effort.
Many thanks in advance. Susanne

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This study empirically investigates economic inequality and poverty taking account of behavioral and social factors that may determine an individual’s valuation of income (individual welfare). Using survey data on income satisfaction, we estimate an extended utility function of income that allows for reference-dependence, loss aversion, diminishing sensitivity for gains and losses, and preferences about inequality. We compute an income equivalent, which accounts for these factors and hence allows analyses of inequality and poverty that provide supplementary information to conventionally calculated inequality measures.