Thursday, August 20, 2009

On a theorem of Barry Manilow

Many years ago my doctoral supervisor remarked (I have no idea why) "You can't be happier than your wife". I subsequently repeated this remark to a feminist colleague in UCD who was less than amused. Anyway I often wondered about testing this idea. Now its been done:

I can’t smile without you: Spousal correlation in life satisfaction

Nattavudh Powdthavee

This paper tests whether one partner’s happiness significantly influences the happiness of the other partner. Using 10 waves of the British Household Panel Survey, it utilizes a panel-based GMM methodology to estimate a dynamic model of life satisfaction. The use of the GMM-system estimator corrects for correlated effects of partner’s life satisfaction and solves the problem of measurement error bias. The results show that, for both genders, there is a positive and statistically significant spillover effect of life satisfaction that runs from one partner to the other partner in a couple. The positive bias on the estimated spillover effect coming from assortative mating and shared social environment at cross-section is almost offset by the negative bias coming from systematic measurement errors in the way people report their life satisfaction. Moreover, consistent with the spillover effect model, couple dissolution at t + 1 is negatively correlated with partners’ life satisfaction at t.

Journal of Economic Psychology 30 (4), August 2009, 675-689


Liam Delaney said...

a coffee/pint for the first person to find an economics paper relevant to copacobana

Kevin Denny said...

The song or the beach? I will have a pint thanks:
Titre du document / Document title
Fishing at Copacabana (Rio de Janeiro): Local strategies in a global city
Auteur(s) / Author(s)
NEHRER Ricardo ; BEGOSSI Alpina ;
Résumé / Abstract
In spite of being located in a complex city such as Rio de Janeiro, the "Colônia de pescadores do Posto 6" (Fishermen's Association of Posto 6) has maintained its artisanal fishing activities since 1923. In this study we analyze the fishing technologies and strategies employed by the fishermen. Aspects concerning fishing effort, fish choices and territoriality are studied using ecological concepts and models (such as optimal foraging). Fieldwork included weekly visits in 1994-95. Methods included interviews, and systematic data collected from fishing trips (fish species and weight, time spent fishing and travel time, among others). Most fishing spots used are located in conservation sites on the coast. Impacts on the area are especially related to pollution and to industrial fishing. The global city is the source of impacts whereas the local fishery maintains its artisanal structure.
Revue / Journal Title
Ciência e cultura ISSN 0009-6725 CODEN CCUPAD
Source / Source 2000, vol. 52, no1, pp. 26-30 [5 page(s) (article)]