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Investigating the Patterns and Determinants of Life Satisfaction in Germany Following Reunification

Frijters, Paul; Haisken-DeNew, John P; Shields, Michael A


This paper investigates the patterns and determinants of life satisfaction in Germany following reunification. We implement a new fixed-effect estimator for ordinal life satisfaction in the German Socio-Economic Panel and find negative effects on life satisfaction from being recently fired, losing a spouse through either death or separation, and time spent in hospital, while we find strong positive effects from income and marriage. Using a new causal decomposition technique, we find that East...[Show more]

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Date published: 2004
Type: Journal article
Source: Journal of Human Resources


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