Social Indicators Research

, Volume 104, Issue 1, pp 67–86 | Cite as

Deprivation, Social Exclusion and Subjective Well-Being

  • Luna BellaniEmail author
  • Conchita D’Ambrosio


This paper aims at investigating empirically the relationship between self-declared satisfaction with life and an individual’s well-being as measured by the indices of deprivation and social exclusion proposed in the income distribution literature. Results on European countries show that life satisfaction decreases with an increase in deprivation and exclusion after controlling for individual’s income, relative income and other influential factors in a multivariate setting.


Relative deprivation Functionings Subjective well-being 



We thank a referee, Chiara Gigliarano, Vincent Hildebrand, Eliana La Ferrara, Philippe Van Kerm and participants at workshops and conferences for helpful comments and suggestions. Financial support from MIUR (Prin 2007) and IRISS-C/I at CEPS/INSTEAD (Trans-national Access contract RITA 026040), Differdange (Luxembourg) is gratefully acknowledged.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Università BocconiMilanItaly
  2. 2.Università di Milano-BicoccaMilanItaly
  3. 3.DIW BerlinBerlinGermany
  4. 4.EconpubblicaUniversità BocconiMilanItaly

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