Does Relative Income Matter for the Very Poor? Evidence from Rural Ethiopia

12 Pages Posted: 11 Nov 2008

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Alpaslan Akay

IZA Institute of Labor Economics

Peter Martinsson

University of Gothenburg - Department of Economics and Statistics

Abstract

We studied whether relative income has an impact on subjective well-being among extremely poor people. Contrary to the findings in developed countries, where relative income has shown a significant and negative impact on subjective well-being, we cannot reject the hypothesis that relative income has no impact on subjective well-being in rural areas of northern Ethiopia.

Keywords: absolute income, relative income, subjective well-being

JEL Classification: D10, I31, I32

Suggested Citation

Akay, Alpaslan and Martinsson, Peter, Does Relative Income Matter for the Very Poor? Evidence from Rural Ethiopia. IZA Discussion Paper No. 3812, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1298255 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.0042-7092.2007.00700.x

Alpaslan Akay (Contact Author)

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Peter Martinsson

University of Gothenburg - Department of Economics and Statistics ( email )

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Göteborg, 40530
Sweden

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