This paper argues that television viewing produces higher material aspirations, by enhancing both adaptation and positional effects, thus lowering the effect of income on life satisfaction. Using individual data from the World Values Survey we present evidence indicating that the effect of income on both life and financial satisfaction is significantly smaller for heavy television viewers, relative to occasional viewers. This finding is robust to a number of specification checks and alternative interpretations. Overall, the results can be interpreted as providing an additional explanation for the income-happiness paradox: the pervasive and increasing role of television viewing in people’s life, by raising material aspirations, reduces the effect of income on individual happiness

Bruni, L., Stanca, L. (2005). Income Aspirations, Television and Happiness: Evidence from the World Value Surveys [Working paper del dipartimento].

Income Aspirations, Television and Happiness: Evidence from the World Value Surveys

BRUNI, LUIGINO;STANCA, LUCA MATTEO
2005

Abstract

This paper argues that television viewing produces higher material aspirations, by enhancing both adaptation and positional effects, thus lowering the effect of income on life satisfaction. Using individual data from the World Values Survey we present evidence indicating that the effect of income on both life and financial satisfaction is significantly smaller for heavy television viewers, relative to occasional viewers. This finding is robust to a number of specification checks and alternative interpretations. Overall, the results can be interpreted as providing an additional explanation for the income-happiness paradox: the pervasive and increasing role of television viewing in people’s life, by raising material aspirations, reduces the effect of income on individual happiness
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subjective well-being; TV consumption; aspiration level
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Bruni, L., Stanca, L. (2005). Income Aspirations, Television and Happiness: Evidence from the World Value Surveys [Working paper del dipartimento].
Bruni, L; Stanca, L
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