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Life satisfaction and household production in a collective model

Working Paper 2009-127


The model takes into account the household production and self reported information is interpreted in relation with the sharing rule governing the bargaining process in the family. Considering that the theoretical framework implies a wide concept of full income, which includes the allocation of time between the spouses, we used the self reported information on whole satisfaction in life. We demonstrate that self reported data on satisfaction are useful in recovering the individual share of the household full income and the relevance of the wages in this bargaining process. We find also that non strictly economic individual variables and some household characteristics are important in explaining the Italian sharing rule.

Authors: Lucia Mangiavacchi, Chiara Rapallini .

Keywords: Collective model, Within-household income comparisons, Subjective data, Italy.
JEL: D1, J22, C3.