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Applied Micro Workshop – Klara Röhrl, “Inequality and the Pursuit of Happiness: How Poor Children Grow Unhappy and What We Can Do About It”

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Armin Falk, Fabian Kosse, Pia Pinger, and Klara Röhrl: “Inequality and the Pursuit of Happiness: How Poor Children Grow Unhappy and What We Can Do About It” This study presents descriptive and causal evidence on the development of life satisfaction during childhood and adolescence. In a first step we show that children are very satisfied with their lives before the onset of puberty irrespective of their socio-economic background but that life satisfaction decreases significantly during adolescence. In a second step we present evidence that children with low socio-economic status (SES) experience a larger decrease in their life satisfaction than their more advantaged peers. Taking advantage of a randomized mentoring intervention in our data reveals that enriching children’s social environment can prevent the gap in life satisfaction between low and high SES from opening up. Finally, we investigate which children benefited the most from the intervention.

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When Jul 05, 2019
from 14:15 to 15:30
Where briq, Seminar Room 9/1.1, Schaumburg-Lippe-Straße 9
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