Self-Selection and Subjective-Well Being: Copula Models with an Application to Public and Private Sector Work

24 Pages Posted: 18 Oct 2008

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Simon Luechinger

University of Lucerne

Alois Stutzer

University of Basel; IZA Institute of Labor Economics

Rainer Winkelmann

University of Zurich - Statistics and Empirical Economic Research; IZA Institute of Labor Economics; Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR)

Date Written: October 2008

Abstract

We discuss a new approach to specifying and estimating ordered probit models with endogenous switching, or with binary endogenous regressor, based on copula functions. These models provide a framework of analysis for self-selection in economic well-being equations, where assigment of regressors may be choice based, resulting from well-being maximization, rather than random. In an application to public and private sector job satisfaction, and using data on male workers from the German Socio-Economic Panel, we find that a model based on Frank's copula is prefered over two alternative models with independence and normal copula, respectively. The results suggest that public sector workers are negatively selected.

Keywords: Ordered probit, switching regression, Frank copula, job satisfaction, German Socio-Economic Panel

JEL Classification: I31, C23

Suggested Citation

Luechinger, Simon and Stutzer, Alois and Winkelmann, Rainer, Self-Selection and Subjective-Well Being: Copula Models with an Application to Public and Private Sector Work (October 2008). SOEPpaper No. 135, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1285530 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1285530

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