The Merger of Populations, the Incidence of Marriages,and Aggregate Unhappiness

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Show simple item record Stark, Oded de_DE Rendl, Franz de_DE Jakubek, Marcin de_DE 2011-06-03 de_DE 2014-03-18T10:03:43Z 2011-06-03 de_DE 2014-03-18T10:03:43Z 2011 de_DE
dc.identifier.other 34549346X de_DE
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dc.description.abstract Let a society’s unhappiness be measured by the aggregate of the levels of relative deprivation of its members. When two societies of equal size, F and M, merge, unhappiness in the merged society is shown to be higher than the sum of the levels of unhappiness in the constituent societies when apart; merger alone increases unhappiness. But when societies F and M merge and marriages are formed such that the number of households in the merged society is equal to the number of individuals in one of the constituent societies, unhappiness in the merged society is shown to be lower than the aggregate unhappiness in the two constituent societies when apart. This result obtains regardless of which individuals from one society form households with which individuals from the other, and even when the marriages have not (or not yet) led to income gains to the married couples from increased efficiency, scale economies, and the like. While there are various psychological reasons for people to become happier when they get married as opposed to staying single, the very formation of households reduces social distress even before any other happiness-generating factors kick in. en
dc.language.iso en de_DE
dc.publisher Universität Tübingen de_DE
dc.rights ubt-podno de_DE
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dc.subject.classification Eheschließung de_DE
dc.subject.ddc 330 de_DE
dc.subject.other Merger of populations , Integration of societies , Unhappiness , Marriages , Relative Deprivation en
dc.title The Merger of Populations, the Incidence of Marriages,and Aggregate Unhappiness en
dc.type ResearchPaper de_DE 2011-07-04 de_DE
utue.publikation.fachbereich Wirtschaftswissenschaften de_DE
utue.publikation.fakultaet 6 Wirtschafts- und Sozialwissenschaftliche Fakultät de_DE
dcterms.DCMIType Text de_DE
utue.publikation.typ workingPaper de_DE 5649 de_DE
utue.publikation.source University of Tübingen Working Papers in Economics and Finance ; 10 (1) de_DE


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