nep-hap New Economics Papers
on Economics of Happiness
Issue of 2011‒05‒24
three papers chosen by
Viviana Di Giovinazzo
University of Milano-Bicocca

  1. Are human rights and economic well-being substitutes? Evidence from migration patterns across the Indian states By Libman, Alexander; Herrmann-Pillath, Carsten; Yadav, Gaurav
  2. As Innovations Drive Economic Growth, Do they also Raise Well-Being? By Martin Binder; Ulrich Witt
  3. Impacts of social networks on well-being: evidence from Latino immigrants By Dozi, Pedro V.; Valdivia, Corinne

  1. By: Libman, Alexander; Herrmann-Pillath, Carsten; Yadav, Gaurav
    Abstract: The aim of the paper is to study the relation between the demand for human rights and for economic prosperity. It analyzes the demand not, as it is often done in the literature, from the 'voice' perspective (political activity), but rather looks at the 'exit' perspective (migration patterns). Given the difficulties associated with identification in international samples we study the intra-national migration in a federation with significant economic and political differences between states - India. The paper finds that quality of human rights protection and economic well-being are substitutes when determining the patterns of migration: lower number of human rights violations acts as a 'pull' factor for individual states only if the income per capita is small enough; increasing economic well-being political regimes seem to be able to 'buy acceptance' of the lower quality of human rights. The results are robust to various specifications and estimation approaches. --
    Keywords: democracy,human rights,economic well-being,Indian states,migration
    JEL: D72 D78 O43
    Date: 2011
  2. By: Martin Binder; Ulrich Witt
    Abstract: While there is little doubt that innovations drive economic growth, their effects on well-being are less clear. One reason for this are ambivalent effects of innovations on well-being that result from pecuniary and technological externalities of innovations, argued to be inevitably. Another major reason lies in the fact that, as a result of innovations, preferences can change over time. Under such conditions, a time-consistent measuring rod for changes in well-being is hard to construct. Existing conceptions of well-being are shown not yet to solve the problem in a way that provides an unambiguous answer to the question in the title.
    Keywords: innovations, growth, welfare, well-being, preference change Length 20 pages
    JEL: D63 I31 O00
    Date: 2011–05
  3. By: Dozi, Pedro V.; Valdivia, Corinne
    Keywords: Institutional and Behavioral Economics,
    Date: 2011

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